Donald L. Graham

June 11, 1942 - February 23, 2019

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Tuesday, February 26, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 702 Kelly Street Ext., Rome City

Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 702 Kelly Street Ext., Rome City


Wednesday, February 27, 10:30 AM
Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 702 Kelly Street Ext., Rome City


Donald L. Graham, 76, of Steinbarger Lake, Wawaka, died Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

He was born June 11, 1942, in Oil City, Pennsylvania, to Howard and Elva (Criswell) Graham.

Donald honorably retired from the U.S. Army. He was a paratrooper, having served with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division.

On February 6, 1970, in Celeron, New York, he married Mary A. Atkins.

He worked in sales with the water industry and previously worked for Flint and Walling in Kendallville as sales manager.

He was a member of the American Legion, DAV, and was a 32nd degree Mason.

Donald loved fishing, hunting, carving, and making jewelry. At the age of 17, he tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Also, he was one of the paratroopers in the movie, The Longest Day.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Graham of Wawaka; three daughters, Tracy (Sam) Cole of Dallesport, Washington, Barbara (John Green) Birt of Wawaka, and Cara (John) Sisson of Wawaka; two sons, Donald (Billie) Graham, Jr. of Seneca, Pennsylvania, and Mark (Debbie Fairbanks) Morton of Jamestown, New York.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; special brothers, Rick Atkins of Jamestown, New York, and Tim (Cindy) Atkins of Jamestown, New York; a sister-in-law, Donna Russell of Jamestown, New York; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Morton and a sister, Rebecca Delahunty.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 702 Kelly Street Ext., Rome City with Pastor Steve Herendeen officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard and active duty members of the U.S. Army.

Calling is Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service.

Preferred memorials are to American Legion Post 86 SAL, 322 South Main Street, Kendallville.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Lisa Ritchie
February 26th, 2019 5:48pm
Rome City IN

My thoughts and prayers for the family

Pam Hart
February 26th, 2019 11:55am

Aunt Mary, Tracey, Barb, Cara and Mark I'm so sprry for your loss. I know we haven't seen each other in years but Inever stopped wondering where you guys were at. My mom Shirley Hart couldnt remember where in Indiana you moved to. She passed away on 2013 and I know she is right along woth Aint Elva and Uncle Howard waiting for Don on the other side. I miss all of you guys and I will always keep Don in my memories growing up and Baker street to Cherry Street to celoron. Please look me up Im on Facebook I would love to catch up with you all. I live in NC now so you will see that in the profile. I love you and Im so sorry for the loss of such a awesome guy.

Frank R. Emanuele
February 26th, 2019 9:25am

I wanted to express my condolences to the family of Don Graham. I played Little League baseball with Don in the 50's in Oil City. I remember him well. Don played in Oil City because Cranberry did not have organized baseball at that time. I remember going to his home and still have a vivid picture of him in my mind. Extremely friendly and well liked.

Bonnie Stewart
February 25th, 2019 9:34pm
Rome City.

Cara, sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Sending hugs and prayers to you and the family. Revelations 4:1-4

Bob & Nina Clement
February 25th, 2019 11:33am
Jackson, TN

Our prayers to Mary and all the family in this time of grief. We know he will be missed. I, Nina, will also miss his likes and comments on my plastic sleeping mats postings on Facebook..

Carol Forker
February 25th, 2019 8:20am

Cara, so sorry for your loss. Your father is now at peace.

James Whitling
February 25th, 2019 6:21am
Walusing, Pa

Remember times ago as we grow up being one my cousin you and your sister Becky

Shawn Delahunty
February 24th, 2019 9:03pm
Houston, TX

May the peace of the Lord comfort all of us as we both mourn and celebrate Uncle Don. Maryrose and I will fly in on Tuesday. Love to you all.

Frank & janet Black
February 24th, 2019 8:35pm
Frewsburg Ny

Our heart goes out to you guys. May God rest his sole. Please stop in if your ever back this way.

Jean Martin
February 24th, 2019 8:28pm
Panama City Beach Florida

So very sorry to hear about his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all . God bless you all.