STOW, Ohio (March 31, 2011)—Peter K. Graichen, a longtime machinery firm representative who spent 12 years with General Tire & Rubber Co., died March 25 after a six-year battle with colon cancer. He was 76.
Graichen, who grew up in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in 1957, worked on domestic and international engineering products with General Tire. He spent the next 25 years as a manufacturers' representative, selling rubber processing equipment to the rubber industry throughout North America. He represented Paul Troester Maschinenfabrik until retiring in 1995.
Graichen wrote his own online obituary. In it he said he enjoyed flying and building his own airplanes, one of which is in the Smithsonian museum in Washington.
“I have lived a full and storybook-like life in this most wonderful land,” he wrote. “Thank you America!”
Graichen is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jackie; his children, Tim of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Chris of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, and a niece and nephew.