Charles (Charlie) Raymond Grahnert

Charles (Charlie) R. Grahnert, 65, Lenexa, formerly of Topeka, passed Friday, December 18, 2015, at his home.

He was born January 7, 1950, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the son of Adolf R. and Josephine P. DeVeau Grahnert. He spent his early childhood in Tacoma, Wa , before moving to Topeka, Ks where he attended Jr High, and High School, graduating in 1968 from Topeka High School.

Mr. Grahnert worked at Performance Glass as an Estimator, and has lived in the Kansas City area for 30 years.

Charlie was very active in sports from Junior High through adulthood and was most passionate about baseball. He not only played, but coached as well. He was an avid fan of the KC Royals, KC Chiefs, and his beloved KU Jayhawks.

Survivors include wife Cynthia R. Rodman of the home; a daughter, Heather Grahnert, Topeka; two sons, Brett C. Grahnert, Lawrence, and R. Scott Grahnert, Topeka; two step-daughters, Catherine T. Hawkins, Belton, Mo, and Julie K. Morrison, Lawrence; one step-son, Lonnie R. Hawkins, Lawrence; one sister, Linda Newcomer, Tacoma, Wa; sixteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Connie L. Noack.

Funeral Services will be 1 pm Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, Ks, burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Grahnert will lie in state after 6 pm, Tuesday, December 22. Visitation will be at 12 pm, Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Donor’s choice.

Messages & Condolences

From Tom Meyers...

My condolences to the family and his close friends and associates at Performance Glass. As a sales rep for Kawneer, I greatly enjoyed the business relationship that I had with Charlie. Whether it was face to face or on the phone, Charlie was always upbeat, personable, down to earth and had a great attitude. There was never a short conversation as he always made you feel comfortable and he was a pleasure to talk to. He will be missed.

From Dendy Altig...

Remembering our childhood days with Charlie and his sister Linda with fondness. My condolences to Charlie’s family during this sad time. I’am Aunt Rosie’s oldest daughter.

From Diane Cochran...

My heartfelt condolences to Cindy and the family. Charlie and I worked together for almost 10 years at Performance Glass and he was a great guy – lots of good laughs and happy memories.

From Pamela Crowder-Montez...

My heart is heavy, learning about the passing of Charlie. We worked together at the Palace Clothing Store, just out of high school. We used to go to lunch together; where we could get two chili dogs for a quarter, nearly every day we had the same lunch time. Charlie was liked by everyone at the store. May God and His Angels be ever bountiful around your family as you walk the path called “grief.”

Through Gods Love,


From Marsha Burroughs-Thompson...

My deepest sympathies to your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Marsha Burroughs-Thompson(class of 68)

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