JERRY D. GRAHAM
Jerry D. Graham, age 66, of Luray, MO, died early Wednesday, January 27,
2010, at his home, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Jerry was born June 6, 1943, at Memphis, MO, a son of Oscar and Wilma
On March 11, 1963, he and Donna R. Shaffer were married in Luray, MO.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Donna, of Luray, MO; one son, Danny
Graham and his fiancé, Peggy Bell, of
Kahoka, MO; a daughter, Loretta (Kevin)Winters of Kahoka, MO; three
grandchildren: Brandon (LeAnn) Winters of Kahoka, MO, Quentin Winters and his
special friend, Laura, of Kahoka, MO, and Amanda Winters, also of Kahoka, MO; a
great-grandson, Wyle Winters; three brothers: Ronnie (Darlene) Graham, Alan
(Esther) Graham, all of Luray, MO, and, Mike (Linda) Graham of Howe, OK; one
sister, Sherry Remmers of Falls City, NE; several brothers-in-law and
sisters-in-law including: Edna Finly of Hume, MO, Dewayne Shaffer of Alexandria,
MO, Doris Hamberg of Farmington, IA, Kent Shaffer of Kahoka, MO and Kevin and
Vickie Shaffer of Kahoka, MO; aunts and uncles: Edith Knisley of Hallsville, MO,
Sarah Hatfield of Huntsville, TX, Linda and Lee Sconyers of Howe, OK, and
Eldonna Graham of Moultin, IA, and, Richard and Betty Courtney of Kahoka, MO; as
well as nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives; and his friend and faithful
four-legged companion, Russell.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-parents, Oscar and Evelie
Graham and Wilma and Bill Morrise; a brother, Lester Graham; and, grandparents,
Alva and Annabelle Courtney and Charlie and Anna Mae Graham.
For 21 years Jerry owned and operated buses for the Luray School District. He
also ran his own dozing, trenching and heavy equipment business and farm. He was
a talented mechanic and loved restoring antique International tractors with his
son and brother and participating in tractor pulls. He was a member of the Fox
Valley 2 Cylinder Club. In earlier years he liked fixing up and driving
demolition derby cars. He also liked fishing and hunting, especially turkeys.
Most dear to his heart was time spent with his family, particularly with his
grandchildren. They were the source of pure joy to him.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 30, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at
Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Mark Boley officiating and Mrs. Linda
Gordy, eulogist. Special music was recordings "Daddy’s Hands", "When I Get Where
I’m Going", and "Go Rest High".
Honorary Pallbearers were Kent Harness, Doc Wiggins, Joe Kerr, Frank Seaver,
Peter Stevens, Bill Yates and John Steele.
Pallbearers were Tim Murphy, Leslie Waterman, Dick Kirchner, Ed Colvin, Ricky
White, and Mark Story.
Burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery rural Luray, MO.
Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 9 a.m. Friday with
family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Memorials in lieu of flowers are
suggested to his family with a beneficiary to be determined at a later date..
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.timeformemory.com/wilsonfh.