James Benjamin Gragg, beloved husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather, was granted eternal rest on April 28, 2021 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Jim was born in Claremont, Oklahoma on September 7, 1934 to J. Olin and Pearl (Hall) Gragg who preceded him in death.
Jim enlisted into the United States Navy in 1954 where he served our country for twenty-two years, rising quickly to the level of Master Chief as a Cryptologist. He raised four children with his first wife, Opal, as the family was stationed internationally; including Japan, Philippines, & Scotland as well as several bases across the United States. Master Chief Gragg retired at the highest rank for an enlisted person.
Starting a second career, Jim joined the Maricopa County Office of Aging in 1977 organizing senior citizen centers. He met his wife Andrea Gonzales during his tenure for the county, and they later married on Jim’s birthday in 1989 so he wouldn’t forget their anniversary.
In his free time, Jim enjoyed fishing, bowling, traveling, reading, gardening, cards, and baking in the Arizona sun. He was a master of storytelling and debate during the lengthy fishing trips since there were few fish caught, just one lamp. Jim spent his second retirement dabbling with computers and tracing family ancestry & his life’s story. A huge fan of Stephen King, Jim’s collection of books was expansive but took time to frequent the movies for family outings. Jim was a collector of a variety of treasures including clocks, coins, knives, model cars, and seashells.
James is survived by his wife Andrea and ex-wife Opal, his four children; Lois (Tom) Weaver, Annette Gragg, Diana (Hani) Shatila, & Don (Julie) Gragg; two step-sons; Robert Gonzales & Raymond Gonzales, Jr., three grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jessica.
Friends & family are welcomed to pay their respects at 10:00 A.M. on May 6, 2021 at Camino del Sol Chapel in Sun City West with services held at 11:00 A.M. followed by a military honor ceremony at Resthaven Cemetery in Glendale, Arizona. Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be given in James Gragg’s name to Infinity Hospice Care.
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