Richard Graham

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Richard Stovall Graham, a native son of New Mexico, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Richard was born, Jan. 21, 1927 in Deming to Reina Stovall Graham and William T. Graham, Sr. He graduated in 1945 from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell. He maintained a life-long membership in the U.S. Military Academy, Westpoint, N.Y. He received a B.A. degree in January 1951, from the University of New Mexico. On March 31, 1951 Jean Shatsby became his wife. They were married for 62 years and had four children, Reina (Tina) Rippa, Richard Stovall Graham, Jr., Robin Thornton and Gail Kinter. Richard retired from Kennecott Minerals Co., Chino Mines Division in 1985 as payroll supervisor. He devoted many hours of his life to public service. He served several years on the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and retired from the council after serving as chairman for two years. In addition he was president of Grant County Association for Retarded Citizens and was the first president of Southwestern Services to Handicapped Children and Adults Inc. (Lifequest). He continued to serve on the board for many years. He was initiated as an Elk member into the Silver City BPOE Lodge No 413 in 1966. At the lodge level he served as Exalted Ruler, 1975-76. In other Elk activities, he served as district deputy Grand Exalted Ruler; chairman of Lodge Officer Training, SW District, NMEA trustee; and Cerebral Palsy Executive Board for 10 years. He was installed as president of the New Mexico Elks Association in 1984. He was proud to serve five years on the National Youth Activities Committee of the BPOE. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Reina and her son Bruce Henderson. Surviving him are his wife, Jean; son Richard Jr.; daughter Robin, her husband Wesley and sons Andrew and Brian; daughter Gail, her husband Terry and son Billy, wife Joelle and great-grandson Logan and daughter Tiffany; and grandsons Matthew and David Henderson. Also, surviving him are his brother, William T. Graham, Jr., his wife Beth and their family. If you wish to send a memorial the family is requesting they be made to High Desert Humane Society, or a . Services will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11:30 a.m., Baca's Funeral Chapels of Silver City, 3805 Delk Drive.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Apr. 17, 2013
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