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Raymond Graham July 26, 1926 – Aug. 2, 2017

 

August 8, 2017

Raymond Graham

Raymond Graham

July 26, 1926 – Aug. 2, 2017

Raymond R. Graham, 91, of Sweet Home died Aug. 2, 2017, surrounded by family.

He was born July 26, 1926 in Burwell, Neb. to Erwin and Francis (Sebesta) Graham, the eldest of nine children.

He grew up on a small farm in the sand hills of Nebraska, then traveled to Oregon with his cousin and met the love of his life Marlys Exe, who soon became his wife. They had three children, Gary, Doug and Lory. They were married 63 years before Mrs. Graham passed away in 2013.

Mr. Graham started his career as a pipe fitter and traveled to job sites installing sprinkler systems. He worked on several large reservoir jobs until the Grahams settled in Sweet Home in 1963. He worked for Willamette Industries as a pipefitter for 20-plus years and proceeded to build a mobile home park. The Grahams owned and operated Trailer Villa for 34 years.

Mr. Graham was always the life of the party. He had such an infectious sense of humor. People were always drawn to him. He loved to hunt and fish, he truly loved the outdoors. Alaska was his ultimate favorite place on the earth. He had many stories to tell about his adventures.

Mr. Graham is survived by a son Douglas Graham; daughter Lory Cirillo; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Marlys; and son Gary.

A celebration of Mr. Graham’s life is planned for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at Lory Cirillo’s residence, 27091 Old Holley Road. Final inurnment will be in the Mausoleum at Willamette Memorial Park in Albany.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

 
 

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