Clyde D. Graeber, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. He was born Aug. 29, 1933, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His parents were Clyde P. and Dorothy D. Graeber.
Clyde attended grade schools in Tulsa and in 1945, he was enrolled in Cascia Hall School for Boys, an Angistian school. He graduated from there in 1950. He enrolled at the University of Tulsa and graduated in1955 with a degree in political science and economics. He then enrolled at the University of Tulsa School of Law, graduating in 1959 with a juris doctor degree. While he was in law school, he worked full-time at National Bank & Trust Co. of Tulsa. He was promoted to assistant trust officer in 1960. In 1963, he moved to Norman, Oklahoma, as vice president and trust officer with the First National Bank & Trust Co. In 1968, he came to Leavenworth as president of Leavenworth National Bank & Trust Co. He held that position for over 25 years.
In 1979, he was elected to the Leavenworth City Commission, where he served almost six years, two of them as mayor of Leavenworth. In 1984, he ran for and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, where he served six terms for a total of 12 years. He was elected by the Republican House members three times as chairman of the House Republican caucus. He also served as chairman of the Federal & State Affairs committee and chairman of the House Banking committee.
In 1996, he announced his retirement from the Kansas House. That same year, Gov. Bill Graves asked Clyde to join his staff as a legislative liaison to the Senate. In 1998, Gov. Graves appointed him to be Kansas state treasurer, where he served for one year. In 1999, Gov. Graves appointed him as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment. He held that position for four years until a new administrator came in office. He then came home and in 2005, decided to run for the Leavenworth County Commission, where he served for about 15 years, retiring early due to health reasons.
In 1972, he married Pauline (Huhn) and they had 48 years together. She survives at the home. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and was a Life Loyal Sig. In college, he was a member of the Arnold Air Society Scabbard & Blade.
Clyde was dedicated to the community of Leavenworth. He served on the Chamber of Commerce board and as its president. He was a member, president and Paul Harris fellow of Rotary Club 210. He was named Leavenworth Citizen of the Year in 1982. From 1981-1988, he served on the president’s council of the University of St. Mary. He participated in various activities for Buffalo Bill Days, once playing W.C. Fields at the Star of the West saloon. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Clyde enjoyed shooting trap and skeet and won championships in those events in Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline, his cousin, June, his brother- and sister-in-law, Mike and Dotti Huhn, Bakersfield, California, his niece and nephew, Christi Boudakian and Scott Huhn, two great-nieces, Hailey Boudakian and Emma Huhn, and a great-nephew, Zack Huhn.
Clyde was known to be a fair and honest politician and he always listened to both sides of each issue. He will be missed.
Visitation will be at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum on Monday, March 1, 2021, from 7-9 p.m. Funeral will be Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Davis Funeral Chapel.
Interment will be private. Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum or the Leavenworth Public Library.
Condolences may be left on Clyde’s online guestbook at www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel.
Published on February 25, 2021