Born into life on January 19, 1935. Born into eternal life on September 12, 2022 at the age of 87. Son of the late Louis D. and Dora M. Gral. Beloved husband of Sara Jane (Fieweger) Gral, to whom he was married for 60 years before his death on January 2, 2022. Beloved father of Maria (Rick) Marz of South Jordan, UT; Anthony Gral of Mequon, WI; and Gina Gral of Reno, NV. Proud grandfather of Daniel, Samantha and Joseph Marz and Lucas and Blake Gral. Dear brother of (late) Grace Hilboldt, Dolores “Dusty” Turner (late Charles M. III) of Spokane, WA, and Donald A. (Don) Gral (Penny) of West Bend, WI. He also leaves to mourn nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. Lou grew up in Fox Point and became a lifelong resident of Mequon. He attended Fox Point Elementary School; Marquette University High School, where he was inducted into the MUHS Athletic Hall of Fame; and Marquette University, where he received a full football scholarship. Lou was a starter on the college football team, playing offense as a wide receiver and defense as a finish. He then became a longtime member of the Marquette M Club and the recipient of the Hy Popuch award. After earning a business administration degree from MU, Lou enlisted in the US Army. After a tour of duty, he spent two years in Chicago, employed by National Advertising, Inc., before returning to Milwaukee and entering the real estate profession. Lou founded Louis Gral Investment Real Estate, Inc. in 1965, where he worked side by side with his brother, Don. Lou was a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Milwaukee Board of Realtors, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and Certificate of Appreciation Award for serving on the Board of Directors and serving as Chair of the Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee. Lou has served on several other boards of various organizations throughout his career. Lou had the concept and was one of the founders of the Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin (CARW), which held its very first meeting in the conference room of the brothers’ office building in Milwaukee. Lou was a member of Gyro International, the Italian Community Center and Rotary International, having received the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Lou was a sports enthusiast and played golf and tennis regularly throughout his adult life. He has been a trusted advisor to the Milwaukee Tennis Classic for over 40 years in addition to serving on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Ozaukee Country Club, the Mequon Racket Club and the Milwaukee Athletic Club, of which he was a member for over 60 years. Lou was particularly proud of his 125-yard hole-in-one in his later years. Lou’s family will greet friends on Wednesday, September 21 at 3 p.m. at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, located at 2750 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. A memorial mass will follow at 4 p.m. Private interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials in Lou’s name can be made at Marquette University High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208. *For those of you who cannot join us in person, the memorial mass will be broadcast both live and available to watch after the celebration. Visit lumenchristiparish.org and click on the LC Live link in the middle of the website page.
Posted on September 17, 2022
Posted in Journal Sentinel