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Michael James Gracey

July 31, 1950 ~ November 23, 2018 (age 68)

Michael James Gracey was born on July 31, 1950 to James Gracey and Carol Bethene Hircock in Loup City, Nebraska.  He passed away on November 23, 2018 at the Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colorado, he was 68 years old. 

Mike married Paula Ann (Wiggins) Gracey, Paula passed away in 2008. 

Mike managed the Co-op grain elevator at the CO/NE state line, as well as in Paoli for most of his life.  

Mike had a long-time membership to the Holyoke Golf Course.  Mike's passions in life were fishing and golf.  He was also an avid pheasant hunter and bowler.  During his younger years, Mike played league fast pitch softball.  

Mike graduated from Holyoke High School where he was active in sports.  He served as punter for the Holyoke football team.  Mike's mother, Carol Schmidt, was quite proud when all three of her boys were on the field at the same time.

One of the most interesting events in Mike's life was when he won the Bass Magazine's annual competition for catching the largest bass in a given state.  As a result of this win, he was flown to Florida where he participated in a bass fishing tournament on Lake Kissimmee.  Mike came in 5th place out of the 50 contestants competing in the tournament.  

Mike is survived by his sister, Susan (Larry) Davidson of Hayward, California and his uncle, Don (Darlene) Hircock of Austin, Colorado.  

Mike was preceded in death by the love of his life, Paula Gracey, his father, Jim Gracey and mother, Carol Schmidt.  Also preceding in death are his step-father, Merle Schmidt; brothers, Terry and Danny Gracey; and his grandparents, George and Ardis Hircock.

There will be a graveside service on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holyoke Cemetery in Holyoke, Colorado.  The service will be officiated by Pastor Gary Rahe of Zion Lutheran Church.  The service was directed by Baucke Funeral Home.

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