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Sunday March 27th, 2022
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Sunday March 27th, 2022
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Monday March 28th, 2022
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Benton Cemetery
Monday March 28th, 2022

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Bob Graham

Robert Eugene “Bob” Graham was born on October 12, 1941 in rural Diagonal to Roy Edward and Gladys Fern (Brown) Graham. He was the youngest of 6 children. He attended school at Mount Ayr, Benton, and Diagonal, class of 1960. He worked on the farm helping his brother’s Don and Dick and other farms in the area.

 

He worked at Roe Implement when he received his draft notice, on the day President Kennedy was shot, to the U. S. Army. He served in Vietnam and was a member of the 1st Battalion of the 5th Calvary Air Mobile Division. He served from 1963 to 1965. After the service he continued working for Roe Implement until it closed in 1982.  He was a mechanic at a few other places. He became a substitute mail carrier and then got a full time route in Diagonal in 1982. He later transferred to a Clearfield route before retiring in 2006.

 

He married Karyn Kay (Emig) on June 12th, 1966 in Clarinda, Iowa. To this union, a son was born. Rob (friend Heidi Lumbard) and a daughter Kelly LeAnn (husband Daron) Richie.

 

Bob enjoyed working on cars and tractors, especially making them run harder than originally intended. This love got him into building pulling tractors and pulling pickups. He built a pulling garden tractor especially for his children. He enjoyed deer hunting and taught it to his son and grandsons.

 

Bob passed away March 24, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Gladys; his sister Betty Jean; brothers Charles Lee “Bud”, Donald Dean (wife Belle), Richard Ray “Dick”; nephew Steve; nephew-in-law Robert Schlapia; in-laws Gerald and Darlene (Lantz) Emig; Rodney Emig, Jerry (Lynne) Emig, and Donna Hardisty.

 

Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karyn; son Rob (friend Heidi Lumbard); daughter Kelly (husband Daron Richie); two grandsons Trevor Richie and Taylor (wife Jamie) Richie; and three great grandchildren Hailey James and Zoey Lynn Grandfield and Tripp Eugene Richie; sister Shirley (husband Junior) Klejch; in-laws Gary (Linda) Emig, Larry (Carol) Emig, Don Hardisty; many nieces nephews and friends.

 

Memorials are to the Waubonsie Community Building in Benton, Iowa.

 

There will be military honors at the Benton Cemetery by the Diagonal American Legion and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.


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Caring thoughts to you, Karen, Rob and Kelly, Bob will be missed 🙏

Dale and Marlene Tull Mar 26 2022 8:37 PM

So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!

Cindy Maxson Mar 26 2022 8:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bob Graham

Norma and Bill Stringham Mar 26 2022 7:41 PM

This is Donna Adams one of Joe & Bertha Campbell's kids. We always had a wonderful time growing up with Bob Graham and his family. I am very sure Melvin, Clyde and I would want to let you know we are blessed with precious "fun-filled memories of Bob. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Donna J Adams Mar 26 2022 7:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bob Graham

Karla Larson Mar 26 2022 3:23 PM

You're family is in our prayers 🙏🥰🙏

Denise Nelson Mar 26 2022 12:41 PM

Love you Uncle Bob you'll be greatly missed

Dawn quade Mar 26 2022 11:42 AM

Kelly and family, So sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs for all.

Fay A Howie Mar 26 2022 11:23 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bob Graham

Cathy Kilgore Mar 26 2022 10:05 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bob Graham

Kory Mar 26 2022 9:43 AM

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