Donald Edward Gragg Sr.

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With a heavy heart, Don Gragg with his wife Rebecca Gragg by his side passed away on March 16, 2021. 

Don was born in Wichita Kansas October 5th, 1939 to Farris and Velma Gragg.  He graduated from East High and Attended Wichita State University.

Not wanting to follow his parents in the family restaurant business.  Don started working for Arnholz Coffee before working for Wheeler Kelly Hagney, selling real estate and then selling insurance.  He then dove into the political arena which was his true passion and was Elected to the Sedgwick County Commission for two terms 1979 – 1986.  After serving on the County Commission he went to work for Governor Mike Hayden’s Administration in the Department of Urban Development.  Later in life, he again returned to politics and was elected Township Trustee of Minneha Township.  Don never got tired of talking about all things politics, Wichita, and Wichita State basketball.  He loved to go to the Wichita State Shockers basketball games and had season tickets for many years. 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rebecca Gragg; his Daughter Gretchen Johnson and son-in-law Joel Johnson of Kansas City; son, Don Gragg II, and daughter-in-law Wendy Gragg of Santa Barbara; grandchildren, Seth Johnson and wife Lauren Johnson, Landon Johnson, Alyssa Gragg, Lucas Johnson, and Grace Johnson; Great grandchild Hudson Grace Johnson. 

Service

A Celebration of Don’s life will be held in Wichita at a future date.

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  1. Roger P. Turner and Becky S. Turner and family. on March 25, 2021 at 11:18 am

    The Don Gragg family was apart of Wichita’s history in the 1960s through the current date. From East High to Wichita State. They were united in their commitments to home building, zoning, planning, and investments in real estate. Becky industriously handled rentals and carpentry work for the family apartments and was active in the court system while Don plunged into efficient county government. They had a pick-up that always had tools or yard signs. Their two kids Gretchen and Don lived their parents experience with successful real estate in their own communities. Don was very progressive for a Republican and was good friends with his supporters and others on the other side of the aisles. He always had good ideas and utilized people he worked with an understanding manner.
    Generally agreeable, with the best business insurance personnel and enjoyed a wide variety of experiences all over the Wichita community with Wheeler Kelly Hagney business associates and bankers and home builders. He knew insurance and he knew real estate as well as any body in my experience. His wagon masters commitments were on going until the end of his life. We will miss him. Our best to his family.

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