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Jerry Graham

January 27, 2010


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 Courtney Graham.

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 will be held Saturday, January 30, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Mark Boley officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery rural Luray, MO.

Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home 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.

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