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Karmen Graceykay Grabill

October 29, 1993 — November 23, 2019

   Karmen GraceyKay, daughter of Troy and DeEtte (Ridgeway) Grabill, was born October 29, 1993, in Audubon, Iowa. She first lived with her family on the farm near Fiscus before moving to Manning when she was in the third grade. Karmen graduated from IKM-Manning High School in 2012, then attended Iowa Western Community College where she earned an Associates Degree as a Veterinary Technician.
   Karmen went to work with Petersen Harvesting where she could operate any piece of equipment or pull any load down the road. She enjoyed traveling and harvesting throughout the south and western plains, covering many states and meeting friends along the way.
   Throughout the years, Karmen participated with the Bunkhouse Gang 4-H Club, Saddle Club, FFA, and played tenor saxophone in the school band. Karmen was a natural at everything she did. She enjoyed riding her horse Juno as fast as she could doing barrels and poles. As a young girl, Karmen liked playing in the mud down by the creek with her brothers. Her dog Yaeger was constantly by her side. Yeager and her family were her whole world. Karmen cherished the time spent with her fiancé Tyson and their girls Kylie and Whitney. Karmen always had a big smile on her face and lit up every room she entered. Karmen and her sister Eliza shared a very special bond.
   On Saturday, November 23, 2019, Karmen died as the result of a truck accident in Adams County, Iowa. She was 26 years and 25 days of age.
   Karmen is survived by her fiancé Tyson Petersen and their daughters Kylie and Whitney of Hamlin; her parents Troy and DeEtte Grabill of Manning; brothers Ben Grabill and fiancée Ashly Steffes of Adel and Isaac Grabill and wife Courtney, and their children Madison and Wyatt, of Manning; a sister Eliza Grabill and boyfriend Blake Cadwell of Manilla; her grandparents Rex and Judy Grabill of Audubon and Ron and Nancy Owen of Audubon; great-grandmother Alice Owen of Exira; aunts and uncles Risa & Kevin Rugaard of Audubon and Derek & DarylLynn Ridgeway of Charleston, South Carolina and Tyson’s family: parents Kent and Carol Baier, brother Travis Petersen and children Brooks and Baylor, sisters Tiffany and husband Ian Steensen and daughter Bria; and Melissa and husband Tyler Thygesen and children Hannah and Logan; grandparents Bonnie Petersen and Chuck Griffith. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Doug Ridgeway, and great-grandparents Doris and Garland Grabill, Roscoe and Hazel Bowman, Don and Helen Ridgeway and Ray and Fern Rasmussen.

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