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Graham, Robert Allen
Robert Allen Graham, 87, Galesburg, passed away, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at Seminary Manor Nursing Home.

Robert was born, March 17, 1923, in Perry County, Tenn., the son of Allen H. and Delphia Denton Graham. He married Shirley Dredge, September 15, 1945, in Knoxville, Ill.
They have two daughters, Bonnie (and Bruce) Harmon, Ames, Iowa and Martha (and John) Boro, Omaha, Neb.; five grandchildren, Alyssa (Morgan Conklin) Harmon, Dion Harmon, Chris Graham, Michael (and Jaime) Graham, and Joseph Robert Boro; one great grandson, Tyler Joel Graham; Joels wife; Paula Graham, a sister, Allene (James) Fitzsimmons, Paris, Tenn., a brother, Tommy (and Joan) Graham, and sister-in-law, Edna Parnell, Linden, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Denton Graham, and son, Joel, who died, October 2008.

He is a member of First Christian Church and AMVETS Post #8.

He graduated in 1940 from Perry County High School in Linden, Tenn. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for one semester and then went to radio trade school in Memphis. While working doing radio repair for the US Air Corps, at Brookleyfield, Mobile, Ala., he attended school taking courses at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, the University of Florida, Gainesville and Philco radio school in Philadelphia.

He was drafted into the US Army Signal Co. in May 1943. In the fall of 1943, he and 27 other servicemen wired the Galesburg Mayo Veterans Hospital (now Hawthorne Center) for communications. In January 1944 he went overseas serving in England, France, Luxemburg and Germany.

He was a carpenter for several years, building three of their homes, one each in Linden, Tenn., Galesburg, and Knoxville. He had a special talent in cabinet and furniture making. He worked as a wood planer operator and a construction foreman, building a movie theatre while living in Linden. He worked at Dunn & Julien as an electronic technician from 1950 until retirement in December 2001.

In earlier years he worked with the Cub Scouts and furnished transportation for church youth groups and the church bell choir and was a deacon at First Christian Church.
He and his wife were foster parents to several children for DCFS and Lutheran Social Services.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday January 15, 2011 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Martha-Jean Fitch will officiate. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the chapel. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Hospice Compassus, or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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