Richard D. Graybeal

was born May 8, 1936 in Merna in the back of the family grocery store. He graduated from Merna High School in 1954. Dick started his career at a young age in his family store, Davolt Grocery. He moved to St. Paul and worked as a meat cutter. Aug. 6, 1956 he married his sweetheart, Leona Mae Spanel. The couple moved to Grand Island where Dick was the meat manager at Skaggs. He earned a promotion that moved the couple to Lincoln.

The family moved to West Point where he worked as the meat manager for Hasebrooks IGA from 1963-1965. The couple owned and operated Dick's Coffee Shop in 1965. In 1969, they purchased Graybeal's Grocery. In 1974 they purchased the Hy-top/National grocery store and moved to their present location. In 1978 they remodeled and expanded the grocery store. In 1974 they opened D & L Craft and Gift Shop which they operated until 1985. In 1984 they opened West 32 Riverside Diner which they operated for 13 years.

Dick was active in the community he loved. He was a member of the West Point Chamber of Commerce serving as Vice President and President and served on the West Point City Council. He was a member of Jaycees and charter member of the West Point Optimist Club. Dick was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. He was on the Board of Directors at F&M Bank and the West Point Community Theater. His memberships also included the IKES, Eagle's, Winnebago Club and Valle Del Oro traveling Billiard Team. Dick enjoyed many hobbies including shooting pool, golf, camping, traveling, playing cards, bowling, dancing, music, playing steel guitar, barbecuing, boating, stained glass art, winters in Arizona and attending the great grandkids' events. His favorite times were shared with family and friends and with the love of his life, his wife.
Dick and Leona have been married for 62 years and have four children, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Leona M. Graybeal

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