Donald Evans Grahn

October 26, 1925 - January 8, 2021

Donald Evans Grahn, 95, of Batavia, IL. and formerly of Barrington, IL. passed away on January 8, 2021 surrounded by his family at The Holmstad in Batavia, IL.  Donald was born on October 26, 1925 in Lynn, MA., the son of Rupert W. and Lillian M. (nee. Evans) Grahn.  He was united in marriage to Sheila Murphy on August 28, 1954 in Wyomissing, PA. 

Donald graduated from Lynn Classical HS in 1943, and was accepted into the Navy V-12 program.  He graduated with a Bachelors of Naval Science from Holy Cross U.  in 1945 and a B.A. from Tufts U. in 1947. He completed his MBA at the University of Chicago in 1970.

 He served in the Navy Pacific Fleet as a Lieutenant from 1943-1946.

Donald went on to a successful career in Commercial Insurance.  He was deeply involved in both sales and service to Fortune 1000 business firms including AON’s Casualty and Claims departments until his retirement in 1992.

Donald enjoyed tennis, golf and skiing. He loved to travel and visited every continent but Antarctica.

As a Veteran, Donald participated in the Honor Flight Chicago program visiting the WWII Monument in Washington D.C. in 2012.

But most of all family came first!  He was the most loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Donald is survived by his two children, Jody Hart and Jeffrey (Amy) Grahn; his two grandchildren, Jeffrey Hart and Thomas Hart; one great grandchild, Zoey Hart and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of sixty years, Sheila Grahn; two sisters, Bernice “Sis” Wheaton and Roberta Bennett; one brother, Rupert W. Grahn

The family will be scheduling a Celebration of Life service to be held later this year.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Holmstad Benevolent Care Fund at

For additional information please contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or

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  • Karin Bennett Cooper Donald was a very admired uncle. But most of all he had the reputation of being the best brother to Roberta. In fact the claim was "perfect." Donald's patience and wit will be missed.