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Dr. Devere Fred Grappy Jr.

June 20, 2013
Salem News

THE VILLAGES, Fla. - Fred was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Leetonia, Ohio, and died June 18, 2013, at 10:40 a.m. at The Villages Hospital, The Villages, Fla., of cardiac failure.

Fred leaves behind his wife of 30 years Beverly Rudibaugh Grappy; children Steven Grappy (Patty Howe) of Columbiana, Ohio, Craig Fultz of London, Ohio, Laura Nappi of Columbiana, Ohio, and Elizabeth (Robert) Hunt of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, Nathan Steele (Misty Kennedy) of El Paso, Texas, Emma Nappi and Luke Nappi of Columbiana, Ohio, and Grace Fultz of London, Ohio, and many beloved nephews, nieces, cousins, brothers-in-law and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Devere Grappy of Leetonia, Ohio; and his sister, Sallie Grappy Wenzen of Puyallup, Wash.

Fred's love of family was first and foremost, but he also had a love of all things related to The Ohio State University, the Buckeyes and notably Ohio State football! He was a loyal alumni of Leetonia High School and the Bears.

Fred was an extremely loyal man in every aspect of his life, was very patriotic and proud of his country and always felt it is a privilege to live in the United States of America.

Anyone who knew Fred and had any kind of conversation with him, knew he was wise in just about every area of life, had a story to go with his wisdom and would happily share with anyone willing to listen. He loved people and life, and sharing his knowledge to help others have a quality of life themselves. Perhaps you had a conversation with him about history, local or military, old or classic cars, travel, dental, health or nutrition, the list is endless!

Fred's lifetime and professional and personal interests include:

He grew up in Leetonia, Ohio, graduating from Leetonia High School in 1947, and also graduated from The Ohio State University in 1951 with a BA, and in 1955 with a DDS.

He served in the Dental Corps of the US Army, active duty, 1955-57 and provided dental care to the 11th and 101st airborne divisions. He served as an Inactive US Army Reserves from 1957-63 and was honorably discharged in 1963.

Fred returned to Columbiana, Ohio, in 1957 to begin private dental practice until his retirement in 2001. During that time also served Fairfield Township as a trustee for 16 years, County Boy Scout Council, six years; various committees in the Columbiana United Methodist Church for 20 years; provided dental health education to Columbiana elementary school students, provided dental health education and exams to Robert Bycroft students, provided dental care to Head Start students and foster children.

Dr. Grappy's memberships include: Leetonia Masonic Lodge #401, Columbiana Allen Lodge #276, The Commandery No. 42 Knights Templar of Salem, Ohio, Al Koran Temple of Cleveland, Ohio, Columbiana Rotary Club, Columbiana Junior Chamber of Commerce, The Grand Council Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, Omega Council 44, and The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, Salem Chapter 94.

He was active and past president of the three-county dental society, active in the Ohio State Dental Association, elected a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry and was a Fellow of the American Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Grappy held an active real estate license for 40 years. Following his retirement from dentistry, he served on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Columbiana County for seven years to include president for three years.

Fred would want those who knew him and loved him to live with a quality of life and realization of what was most important, the love of family, friends and country. His passing will be deeply felt by many.

Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Columbiana County, 468 Prospect St., Salem, Ohio 44460; or Boy Scouts of America, Troop # 143 c/o Community United Methodist Church, 309 College Ave., Fruitland Park, Fla. 34731.

Services in Columbiana are pending in mid-July.


(Paid obituary)



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