Michael E. DeGraba
NAVY DEPT. EMPLOYEE
Michael E. DeGraba, 86, a Navy Department employee who retired in 1986 from what was then the Naval Surface Weapons Center and helped conduct research on battery technology, died Jan. 8 of kidney failure at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.
Mr. DeGraba spent 35 years with the Navy Department, initially as a sheet-metal worker.
Michael Eugene DeGraba, a Kensington resident, was born in Pittston, Pa. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and participated in the Normandy invasion.
After his retirement, he worked as a starter and pro-shop employee at Sligo Creek Golf Course in Silver Spring and the Naval Surface Weapons Center golf course.
He was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Wheaton, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Lucille Ardoline DeGraba of Kensington; four children, Michael J. DeGraba and Lucille DeGraba-Brown, both of Germantown, Patrick J. DeGraba of Rockville and Thomas J. DeGraba of Potomac; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.