In Memoriam

Michael Mathias Grail
20 January 1947 - 26 February 2017

Michael Mathias Grail, 70, of Portland Ore., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, from heart complications. Michael was born Jan. 20, 1947, to Mathias Grail and Virginia Grail in Shipshewana, Ind.

Mike was an honor student and graduate of Shipshewana High School. His love for higher education kept him busy in extracurricular activities such as science club, chess club, and band where Mike played a French horn and eventually became a drum major.

In 1964 Mike accepted an appointment to the Air force Academy where he became an Air Force officer, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, and met the love of his life, Cheryl Marie Hunke. They were married June 7, 1968. Mike and Cheryl remained married until his passing.

Mike continued his education throughout his Air Force career earning a master's degree in business and a double master's in communication.

Mike's thirst for adventure kept him busy through his Air Force career traveling to remote locations across the world… locations like Turkey and Korea. While these destinations were typically slated as remote tours, Mike always insisted his family accompany him.

His retirement after 20 years from the United States Air Force gave Mike the tools he needed to operate a business and company of his own design. Today this company continues his legacy by providing excellence and integrity in instructional design products for consumers such as Boeing.

Mike found joy and beauty in all that he did. Preferring to be near water, he spent his time sailing, fishing, and scuba diving.
Mike is survived by his wife, Cheryl Marie Grail; his two boys, Jeffrey Grail and Gregory Grail; his sister Cynthia Grail; and six beautiful grandchildren: Chelsea, Christopher, Alex, Cobe, Charlotte and Connor.                               (Michael's loving family)

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