April 6, 1927 — October 1, 2021
Samuel Graber, 94, of Middlebury, Indiana, died October 1, at Hubbard Hills Estates, Elkhart, Indiana.
He was born April 6, 1927, in Middlebury, Indiana to Abe and Bena Graber. Married Dececember 24, 1947, to Adeline Kauffman, She survives.
Sam was a farmer, business man, entrepreneur, and co-investor/manager of Aleutian Homes in Kodiak in the early 1970s.
Sam and partner purchased the 330 Aleutian homes in Kodiak in 1970 from the US Government; with a pIan to sell these rental units to the local residents over the next three to five years. No mortgage financing was available from FHA, or the local banks; Sam and partner therefore provided easy seller financing to get these homes into the hands of mostly first-time home buyers.
“Five hundred dollars down and payments like rent” was Sam’s motto. Purchaser’s listening to his sales pitch were fortunate to buy these $15,000 homes in 1970-73; which are now valued in excess of $200,000.
Sam was a member of First Mennonite Church, Middlebury, lndiana.
Survivors in addition to his wife of 74 years are daughter Sonya (Tom) Miller of Middlebury, Indiana and sons Lawrence (Karen) Graber of Sarasota, Flordia, Mark (Yolanda) Graber of Anchorage/ San Antonio, Texas, Jay (Grace) Graber of San Antonio, Texas, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren. Deceased is daughter Karen (Dean) Miller.
A celebration of life was performed October 6, 2021, at First Mennonite Church, PO Box 508, Middlebury, IN 46540