Olie Chadwick “Chad” Grauke

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Olie Chadwick “Chad” Grauke

October 18, 1955 – April 16, 2018

Olie Chadwick “Chad” Grauke, 62, of Bryan, passed peacefully on Monday, April 16, 2018 with his family by his side. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 11:00am at Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremations Centers in Bryan, with Dawn Lee Wakefield as celebrant.

Chad was born on October 18, 1955 in Pasadena to Olie Chalmus and Sue Nell (Taylor) Grauke. He graduated cum laude from Texas A&M in 1979 and practiced architecture for over 37 years. Chad was a distinguished member of the design community and among other things, had been the president of AIA Brazos and owned Transition Design. His design handprint can be seen throughout the community in a variety of projects, some of which include the Moore/Connally building, The Path of Presidents, Northgate Center and public parking garage, Baptist Student Center, and Franklin Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid soccer player, talented artist, and enjoyed dancing and listening to blues and rock and roll.

Chad is preceded in death by his parents, Olie and Sue.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Debbie James; three children Leda Evelyn Owens of Rockwall, Nathan James Grauke and Jacob Travis Grauke, both of Bryan; four granddaughters Mikyla Grace Owens, Henley Madison Owens, Haven James Owens, and Avery Reagan Inez McRae; three brothers, John Grauke, Edwin Grauke, and LJ Grauke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley.

Express condolences at CallawayJones.com.


  1. Sending our love and sympathies to all of you. We pray that good memories and God’s love see you through this difficult time.
    We love you all.

  2. Many years and many beers and a whole lot of life’s stream was shared between us. I’ll always remember Chad’s wonderful laugh and many, many talents. Thank you for everything you brought to us all.

  3. Jake and family

    We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Remembering you in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. On behalf of the City of Bryan Community Development Services Department, please know that our deepest condolences go out to Chad’s family. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the many successful designs of affordable, sustainable homes Chad developed for families in need in the City of Bryan. His designs made a lasting, positive impact on our community, and he will be sorely missed. – From the staff of the City of Bryan Community Development Services Department

  5. I send my sincere condolences to Chad’s family. I attended Westchester High School with him and admired his artistic talent and true friendship. We reconnected and stayed in touch through some of his ups and downs. I am so sorry for the loss. He will always have a place in my heart.

  6. So sorry for your loss. Chad was a truly special and wonderful human being. Prayers being sent for your family at such a hard time. A bright light in this world was extinguished with his passing.

  7. Chad always had a presence about him that radiated warmth. When Leda, Nate and Jake were small, he took on fatherhood with joy and tremendous zeal. I loved to listen to Chad laugh when spending time with Leda and then when Nate and Jake were born, I remember him arriving at a family picnic with the boys in a twin stroller, so proudly pushing them like they were little kings. He was a talented, genuine person who was a delight to be around. I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. Chad was such a blessing to all of us and I pray that he is now at peace.

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