Captain Horst "Kraut" Graalmann, 69, of Vendor, died at his home, Thursday, Jan. 21 (2021). A memorial service will be planned at a later date. A memorial stone will be placed in the Red Rock Cemetery on the family farm at Red Rock. Cremation and arrangements are with Coffman Funeral Home of Jasper.
The son of the late Johannes and Margarethe Graalmann was born in Bremerhaven, Germany Sept. 23, 1951.
Horst immigrated from Germany in 1969. He became an American citizen in 1976.
He worked on the Mississippi River for 25 years, going from deckhand to licensed Captain. He was a licensed contractor and owner of Red Rock Construction specializing in underground utilities.
Horst met his wife, Sandy, on the riverboat in the Illinois River. They moved to their farm in Jasper and were married for almost 44 years.
Horst is survived by his wife, Sandy Swayne, of Vendor; his nephews, Ian Swayne and his wife Shawn, Scott Swayne, and Jeremy Patrick and his wife Denise; his nieces, Jenn Schossler and Tanja Masche; and a host of friends and family.
Memorials can be made to the Ozark Humane Society, 5147 Rock Springs Rd., Harrison, AR 72601 or the family would like to suggest planting a tree in Horst's memory.