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Jack G. Graham(1924 - 2013)

Jack G. Graham, 88, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, 2013, in Sterling. A memorial service is planned at the Christ United Methodist Church in Sterling at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 30.Jack was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Coshocton, Ohio, to Lorenzo and Zola Graham. He played basketball and football in high school. He served briefly in the U.S. Army after the Pearl Harbor attack until he sustained a serious injury during a training exercise and was discharged. He then graduated from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and began a life-long career as a beloved and dedicated high school coach and then secondary school administrator. In 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Maxine Lawrentz, with whom he shared the next 67 years. He and Maxine raised two children, Jayne Graham of Minneapolis, Minn., and Lawrence Graham of Sterling.

Jack continued his education with post-graduate work at several universities throughout his career, earning a Maters of Education Degree at Western Reserve University and certifications as a secondary school principal and superintendant. Jack served as a high school or middle school principal in Orrville, Ohio; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Boulder, Colorado; and retired as the principal of his home-town high school in Coshocton, Ohio, in 1983 after 37 years in education.

After retirement Jack and Maxine traveled to Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Alaska, and built their dream log home in the mountains at Westcreek, north of Woodland Park. Jack was very active in various sports throughout his life, including basketball, football, tennis, baseball, hunting, fishing, and golf. He also enjoyed sports as a very active spectator. When health problems started to occur, he and Maxine moved to Colorado Springs and then to Sterling in 2006. Jack was a faithful and active member of the United Methodist Church throughout his life, most recently as a member of Christ United Methodist in Sterling. He was also a life-long member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Graham of Sterling; son, Lawrence Graham and wife Kathy of Sterling; daughter, Jayne Graham of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandson, Dr. Adam Graham and wife Dr. Katie Propst-Graham of Castle Pines; granddaughter, Audra Ritter of Parker; sister-in-law, Wilma Lea Graham of Little Rock, Ark., and numerous nieces and nephews. In his last years he was thrilled to be blessed with his great-grandsons, Lincoln Ritter and Jackson Graham, who always brought a smile to his face and a twinkle to his eye.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Lorenzo and Zola Graham; older brother, Bill Graham; and older sister, Mary Ellen Graham.

In lieu of flowers donations may be forwarded to the Jack Graham Memorial Fund at Christ United Methodist Church or through Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, CO 80751.


Published in Journal Advocate on Sept. 27, 2013
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