John K. Hargraves

Died: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019


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ETCM (SS) (RET) John K. Hargraves – departed for Eternal Patrol on 23 August 2019.   He was residing in Sun City Center, Florida at the time.
John Kenneth Hargraves Sr. was born in Manhattan, N.Y. in January 1931.  He was raised by his parents, Frank and Anna Hargraves and his sister Frances Irene Hargraves (all pre-deceased).  He married the love of his life, Margaret Mary Krummenacker in April 1949.  She was called to Heaven in 1999, one month shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.  Together they raised six children:  Margaret, Frances, Patricia, John, Mary and Frank.  They retired to Florida in the 1980s and resided in Terra Ceia.
John joined the US Navy in January 1948, at the age of 17.  He served onboard the USS Glennon  (DD-840), USS Corporal (346), USS Patrick Henry (SSBN 599), USS Nautilus (SSN 571), USS Skipjack (SSN 585), USS Daniel Webster (SSBN 626), USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN 600), USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635) and as an instructor at Submarine School.   John retired in September 1974 as Electronics Technician Chief Master (ETCM), Submarine Service (SS) E-9 with 26 years service.  At that time, he was Senior Advisor at the Submarine School in Groton, CT.  
John was most proud of his NAVY years, often reminiscing about life on a submarine. He served on the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine and was onboard during the initial runs under the polar icecap that made it to 87 degrees N, just shy of the North Pole.  He was Chief of the Boat (COB) while serving on the USS Sam Rayburn.  His family, especially his wife served alongside as a Navy family.
After retiring, he graduated from Thames Valley Regional Technical College with an Associate of Science Industrial Management Technology degree in June 1978.  He worked for several clothing mills in Jewett City, CT and for Prudential Insurance in Norwich, CT before retiring to Florida.
John married Christine Lipscomb in May 2004, she survives him.  They have lived in Palmetto and Sun City Center FL.
John leaves behind his children and their families: Margaret and Alfred Morningstar of Voluntown,CT;  Frances and Richard Hodges of Unity, Maine; Patricia and Wendell Maciejewski of Wakefield, RI;  John Kenneth Jr. and Rachel Hargraves of Jewett City, CT; Mary and David Harvey of Thorndike, ME;  and Frank Hargraves and Steven Phillips of Lakeland, FL.  He also leaves 6 grandchildren (Brian, Diana, Benjamin, Ryan, Kimberly and Alyssa) and 5 great-grandchildren (Allison, Jesse, Maxwell, Blake and Gavin).
Burial will be private.

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Stan and Sharon Simcizen
   Posted Wed August 28, 2019
Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the family. We will miss your father's friendship, his sense of humor and his ever present eagerness to lend a hand to help. Watching this years Army Navy football game will not be the same without him. We hope the consolation that John is resting happily and peacefully with Margaret helps to ease your family's loss.

Don Allen
   Posted Wed August 28, 2019
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Joe & Grace North
   Posted Fri August 30, 2019

With our deepest sympathy we offer our thoughts and prayers to the entire family. John was a great neighbor and made us feel welcomed. Pat please know that your unselfish acts did not go unnoticed. God bless you, your father and your entire family.

Joe & Grace North

GLORIA COHENOUR
   Posted Tue September 03, 2019
It good to see you John and your family after a few years of separation, at the last nautilus reunion. Thank you and all the family for visiting me in the hospital. My prayers are with you and your family.
Tell Peggy that I said hello, when you see her up there.

Love you all,
Gloria

John Anderson
   Posted Mon September 23, 2019
USS Nautilus SSN-571 shipmates, their families and alumni call to attention for ETCM (SS) John K. Hargraves and his service to country and to Nautilus. John’s passing to Eternal Patrol will be shared with his shipmates and recorded in the log book kept by the Nautilus Alumni Association.

Master Chief, your duty is complete sir.
Let us take up the oar.
'For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.'

Romans 8:38-39


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