Edward “Ed” Eugene Graham, age 83, of Gaylord, formerly of Howard Lake, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord.
He was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Howard Lake, the son of James and Ruth (Learned) Graham. Ed was baptized as an infant by his uncle, the Rev. Carl Frankhauser, and was later confirmed in his faith at Minnehaha Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
He received his education in Howard Lake and was a 1945 graduate of the Howard Lake Public School. Ed furthered his education at the Minnesota School of Business, earning degrees in business administration and accounting.
Ed enlisted in the US Navy Oct. 30, 1944. He achieved the rank of quartermaster third class, and was honorably discharged July 10, 1946.
He married Alta “Sally” Elaine Janneke Oct. 5, 1947, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. After their marriage, the couple resided in Minneapolis, Clintonville, WI; Iron River, MI; Rochester, MN; Rapid City, SD; and Gaylord.
Ed and Sally were blessed with two children, and they shared 62 years of marriage.
Ed worked at JC Penney Company, in the manager training program, and then for Busch Brothers in Gaylord. In 1968, Ed purchased Busch Brothers and changed the name to Graham Shopper’s Village in Gaylord, retiring in 1989.
A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord, Ed had served on the church council and on the 1963 building committee. He was also a member of the Gaylord Community Club, Gaylord Rotary, was on the committee for the original swimming pool, and served on the Gaylord Centennial Committee.
Ed enjoyed traveling, golfing, riding bike, fishing, gardening, yard work, cards, and playing dominos and pool. He especially loved the time he spent with his children and grandchild.
Ed is survived by his wife, Alta “Sally” Graham of Gaylord; children, Cynthia Knutson and her husband, Jay of Arvada, CO, and Robert Graham and his wife, Sherry of St. Anthony, MN; one grandchild, Krista Ginther and her husband, Nate of Lakewood, CO; a sister-in-law, Ida Graham of Rochester; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ruth Graham; brothers Jim Graham and Jack Graham; and a sister, Mary Graham in infancy.
Memorial services took place Friday, Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord, with the Rev. Fredric Hinz officiating. The organist was Eunice Asmus. Soloists Beverly and David Allen sang “These Hands Of Mine.” Congregational hymns were “Oh Take My Hand Dear Father,” and “For All The Saints.” Interment was in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., continued Friday from 7:30 to 8 a.m. at the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord, as well as one hour prior to the services at the church.
Urn bearers were Duane Goetsch, Dr. C R. Carlson, and Robert Busse.
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