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Topsfield – Richard Bruce Hraba, 73, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Togus VA Medical Center surrounded by family. Richard was born in Kingston, NY on August 6, 1945, son of Robert and Marie (Godfrey) Hraba.
After graduating from Oswego High School in New York, Class of 1964, Richard entered the U.S. Navy, serving as an engineer. During his time in the Navy, he served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and aboard the USS Boston in the Vietnam War. In 1966, he met his love, Grace Rhoades, and they were united in marriage on October 22, 1966 in Cambridge, MA. Following his service, they moved to Topsfield where Richard worked for Georgia Pacific for 15 years. In 1986, he attended Maranatha Bible Institute where he earned his Associates in Religious Studies.
Richard became the Director for Bangor Rescue Mission until 1992. He then became a Maintenance Engineer for Marriott International, working in Nashville, TN and Minneapolis, MN. Upon his retirement, Richard and Grace moved back to Topsfield. He attended Lee Baptist Church and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and trapping.
In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by an infant brother; sister-in-law Gail Jason; and brothers-in-law Gus Jason, Vaughn Monk and Edgar Rhoades. Surviving are his loving wife of 51 years, Grace Hraba of Topsfield; three children, Allen Hraba and wife Beth of Lindstrom, MN, John Hraba and wife Shelley of North Branch, MN, and Karen Binkley and husband Paul of Towanda, PA; nine grandchildren, Jessica Solarek and husband Andrew of IN, Acacia Ingram and husband Dustin of AL, Tarah Hraba of WI, Alec Hraba and wife Heidi of MN, Adam Binkley and wife Theresa of PA, Joel Binkley and wife MacKenzie of PA, Luke Hraba of MN, Austin Hraba of MN, and Alayna Hraba of MN; four great-grandchildren, Klayton, Eden, David and Vivian; his brother Robert Hraba and wife Ida of Mt. Juliet, TN; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Joyce Rhoades of Topsfield, Mary Rhoades of NY, Marion Monk of Topsfield, and Cindy Rhoades of Topsfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, 29, 2018 at the Rhoades Cemetery, 202 South Rd., Topsfield. Following the service, a gathering will be held at East Range II School, Route 6 in Topsfield. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.
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