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GLEN (BUD) GRAHAM

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Glen (Bud) Burdette Graham 3/27/1920 - 12/09/2013 In the early morning of December 9, The Gold Medal Baby Winner of the Puyallup Fair in 1920 and over 65 year resident of Parkland, Glen (Bud) Burdette Graham went to be in heaven at the age of 93. Glen is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Doris (Karnes) Graham; 6 children Susan (Bruce) Larson of Tacoma, Brad Graham of Puyallup, Jane (Charles) Seaton of Spanaway, Tom (Joy) Graham of Olympia, Doug Graham and Colleen Graham of Parkland,; 7 grandchildren Autumn (Chris) Shindo, Sarah Darrick) Bartley, Angela (Joel) Sagara, Adam (Danae) Graham, Stephanie Graham, Chuck Seaton and Cameron Seaton; 3 great grandchildren Bruce Shindo, Juliette Shindo, Connor Sagara, and Baby Boy Graham on his way. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Karen Karnes, Dorothy (Regnier) Karnes and Dorothy (Breiwick) Karnes, many loving nieces and nephews and many loving cousins. Glen is preceded in death by his parents Walter Young Graham and Margaret (Sanderson) Graham, his younger siblings John Graham, Dorothy Larson and Betty Aronson, his daughter-in-law Janice (LaRue) Graham; his grandchildren twins Dirk and Drew Strommer and Christina Rose Graham. Glen was born in the Tacoma General Hospital and lived here his entire life, with the exception of serving in the Army during WWII in the South Pacific to include Hawaii and the Philippines. His Dad told a story that it was snowing so hard the day Glen was born, he had a tough time getting from Puyallup to Tacoma. Glen was best known to his friends and family as Bud, Dad, or Grandpa, but his wife called him "Father" or "Glen B." He was the jack of all trades. He could build anything, fix anything, use any tool, operate any machinery and yet he could play any musical instrument by ear and play beautiful classical music on the piano, his favorite. He rarely, if ever, had to call a plumber, an electrician, or take a car to a shop. He was DIY (Do It Yourself) before it was the "in" thing to do. Glen even built the house he would end up living in with his family for over 65 years. He was a gentle man but a very hard worker. He supported his family working in the construction field doing just about everything, including heavy equipment operator. He was a 60 year member of the Union Local 252. Glen had many bosses during his career but always said Will Neumann was his favorite. He was the ultimate family man too. He loved to take them camping, fishing, clam digging or even on road trips to Canada or California including Disneyland. There are many stories to tell from those family times. Glen had never flown in an airplane in his life until 1990 when he and Doris were able to travel to Europe to visit their daughter Colleen. He took to flying like a duck to water They visited Germany, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Austria and Luxembourg. They also made many wonderful trips to Maui Hawaii where Glen would take 7 mile hikes with his brother-in-law David Karnes, only to stop and have breakfast. He loved swimming in the beautiful blue waters. Then it was off to Oahu for an additional 2 weeks or so to visit their youngest daughter who resided there many years. They were never able to take a cruise, however, that was because Glen had been on a ship in WWII that had been torpedoed in The South Pacific he refused to ever get on another ship again. Glen loved his animals, his 5 mile daily walks and taking his children fishing. He first had a row boat to take them out on the lake but later bought a beautiful cruiser for trips onto the Puget Sound waters. He also loved his little riding tractor for tearing up the grounds and his riding lawn mower. He always kept a well manicured yard and garden. Glen will be missed terribly. We know that he is having a great reunion up in heaven with all those that went before him. His last months were spent at Pioneer Place Memory Haven. We'd like to say a special thank you to the 3rd floor staff at Good Samaritan Hospital where they were wonderful at attending to his comfort during his final days. Arrangements are being made by Fir Lane Mortuary of Spanaway. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Parkland United Methodist Church where he was a longtime member; 12223 A Street South, Tacoma, WA 98444, at 1:00pm, with Pastor Emily McNeill officiating. Reception to follow in church hall. Glen's final resting place will be at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital or to Dementia Research through University of Washington. More infor-mation can be found at givewuwm@uw.edu or 206-543-5686.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Dec. 15, 2013
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