In memory of

Courtney Graffunder

February 16, 1999 - December 14, 2020
From: Sac City, IA
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Courtney Graffunder

Born: February 16, 1999
Died: December 14, 2020
Age: 21
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   Courtney Graffunder, age 21 of Rockwell City, IA, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020, as the result of a tragic car accident in Sac County, IA. Courtney Jean Graffunder was born on February 16, 1999, to parents Wayne and Shelly (Svoboda) Graffunder at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, IA, the youngest of four daughters.

   Courtney attended grade school in Pocahontas, IA, when she and her family lived in Palmer, IA, and after they moved to Lake View, IA, she attended East Sac County High School. She played softball and was a manager for the football team. After graduation, Courtney obtained her Associate's Degree from the National Paralegal College. She was employed at Thompson and Associates in Storm Lake, IA.

   For such a beautiful life cut way too short, Courtney lived hers to the fullest. She loved figure 8 racing. Her bright purple, full-of-glitter number 8G race car certainly stood out on the track. Building and racing cars together with her dad was so special to her. She loved the bond it created between the two of them. Courtney always looked forward to trips to Minnesota with her parents to go bear hunting. She loved the outdoors, especially when she could be on the water in the boat or riding jet skis. Motorcycle rides with her boyfriend Tony always made her smile. She also liked riding 4wheelers as she had no fear.

   Courtney loved spending time with her family, boyfriend, and friends, and the feeling was mutual because she was fun to be around. She was the kind of person that anyone would be proud to call daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, and friend. Tony was the love of her life. The time the two of them spent together fulfilled her, it’s what made her happy. She and her sisters had such close bonds, they each meant so much to her. When her niece, Allison was born, she was so excited and so proud to be an aunt. Courtney was Allison’s ‘COCO’ and will be forever. She adored her dogs Cooper, Knox, and Onyx and enjoyed taking them on walks. Listening to music along with singing and dancing, also brought her a lot of joy.

   Courtney had a smile that could light up a room and a laugh that was full of love. Courtney Jean was a blessing…her life was a blessing that will continue to be so to anyone who knew and loved her. How lucky we are to have had something so great that makes saying goodbye so hard. Rest in peace sweet angel.

   Survivors include her parents, Wayne and Michelle Graffunder of Lake View, IA; sisters Brittany Graffunder of Auburn, IA, Ashly (Levi) Clabaugh of Sioux City, IA, and Leah (Sam) Zamudio of Spencer, IA; niece Allison Graffunder; maternal grandparents Jerome and Sharon Svoboda of Brainard, NE; boyfriend Tony Eddy of Rockwell City, IA; best friend Wilber Padgett of Early, IA; many aunts, uncles, cousins, other extended family members and friends.

   Courtney was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Roy and Doris Graffunder; cousins Amy and Bryce Devlin; and best friend Eleanor Padgett, wife of Wilber.

Tribute Video
Celebration of Life
1:00 p.m., Saturday
December 19, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa


Monday, December 21, 2020 at 9:47 AM
“On behalf of the entire NPC family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Courtney. Our deepest condolences to all of Courtney's family and friends.”
- Stephen Haas
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 9:46 AM
“From all of us at National Paralegal College, we are heartbroken and sending our love. Courtney was a great student, full of enthusiasm and positivity. She will be sorely missed.”
- Jeremy A Rovinsky
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 5:02 PM
“I know in the days goi g forward you will hear these words countless times but I am truly sorry for what you must be feeling and for the tragedy your family is facing. I went to school with Courtney and she was truly a beacon of positivity. She will be missed. ”
- Edward Hernandez
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:52 PM
“May I offer my sincere sorry for your loss.”
- Bruce Warnke
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:52 PM
- Hanse Family Racing
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:36 AM
“I am so terribly sorry for your loss .”
- Cait Klingborg
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:36 AM
“We were shocked and saddened to hear such horrible news. A sweet young ladies life cut way too short. Many hugs and prayers for your family.”
- Duane & Vicki Showers
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
- Rachel Heeren
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“To the family/friends of Courtney Graffunder
You do not know me. I had the pleasure of knowing Courtney only a short time. She started to work for our office on 11/9/2020. We were just getting to know her better. She was fitting into our office/organization so well. Willing and quick to learn. She was the first person to answer our office phones and always did such an excellent job of being kind and pleasant. In her short time with us, we already had comments about her pleasantness on the phone. We are so sorry for your loss and our office already misses her so much. It seems so unreal. She will be hard to replace. If there is anything our office can do for you, please let us know. Connie Riessen, Thompson & Associates @ 712-732-5129.
- Connie Riessen office manager at Thompson & Associates
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
- Miller racing
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“So sorry for your loss prayers to the family will miss watching her race”
- Paul Eyrich
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“My thoughts are with you. I offer my sincere condolences for your loss.”
- Bruce Warnke
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:37 AM
“So sorry for your loss she sure was a beautiful soul keeping you in my prayers.”
- Michell Geerdes
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:47 AM
“Jennifer, we are so very sorry for your loss.”
- Mike and Faith Villhauer
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:53 AM
- Chelsea Huff-Griffith
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:48 AM
“You were taken too soon, you had your whole life ahead of you. Lots of great memories with your family, the racing community, your friends, fans and family will miss you dearly. RIP Courtney, fly high! ”
- Kevin Smith
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:48 AM
“I am so sorry for ur loss so was a good person I loved watching her race ”
- Melissa Stoneburner
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:48 AM
“She was so young. She was probably one of the most headstrong person I ever met. We had some good times working at American home shield. My prayers are with her family. ”
- Dakotah Stricker
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:48 AM
“My heart breaks for all of you living in this nightmare. Words can't express my sorrow for your loss. May Christ wrap you in his love and guide you in your grief. Love you all so much and wishing I could take your pain away. ”
- Jenny
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:48 AM
“Sending our condolences to the family and extended family. Our hearts hurt with you. Prayers from the Porter Racing Team. 🙏”
- Porter Racing Team
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:08 PM
“My heart is heavy with sadness and Sending Prayers for the family. I didn't know your daughter but she was loved by many and they will keep her spirit alive. May God Guide you this awful journey in life. ”
- Rebecca Peters
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:08 PM
“So sorry to hear about Courtney she was a great classmate. Prayers and condolences to your family! ”
- Maja white
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:13 PM
“I would love to prayer for the Graffunder Family and all of the racing community. ”
- Jeremy Griffith
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