Obit: Graham, Roy C. #3 (1887 - 1962)




Surnames: Graham, Hays, LeGault, O’Brien, Kuhl


----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 02/15/1962


Graham, Roy C. #3 (17 APR 1887 - 10 FEB 1962)


Funeral services for Roy C. Graham, 74, longtime resident of Owen (Clark Co., Wis.), were held Tuesday afternoon.  The Rev. Ralph Claybaugh, pastor of the First Congregational Church, Owen, officiated at the 2:00 o’clock service held at the Hoeper and Kraut Funeral Home.  Burial was made at Riverside Cemetery where the American Legion Post 123 of Owen conducted military rites.


During the service Mrs. Donald Marshall sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Abide With Me."


Pallbearers were C.E. Beck, Phillip Laube, Emil Hansen, W.A. Fritz, Sabin Scherf and Harry H??.  Honorary pallbearers included H.M. Wollum, H.V. Anderson, Arthur Thompson, John M. Peterson, Harold Wendt and Celand Melbinger.


The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Graham, Roy was born April 17, 1887 in Eau Claire.  It was there he attended public schools and enlisted in World War I as an infantryman with the 28th Inf. Unit.  While overseas he was commissioned a lieutenant.


On July 5, 1917, he was united in marriage to Josephine Hays in a ceremony performed in Eau Claire.  Two years later the couple moved to Owen where he served actively and constructively in many civic and fraternal capacities.


For many years he was engaged in the community as an electrical contractor.  In 1935 he was named postmaster, and served in that capacity for 22 years, until his retirement on April 30, 1957.  His retirement was enjoyed in reading, fishing and doing handicraft work in his shop at home.


During the 43 years he made Owen his home he served the community as justice of peace for many years, gaining the name of "Judge" which many of his friends still referred to him as.  For 25 years he served on the Clark County Board of Supervisors; served as president of the library board for many years, was a charter member of the American Legion Post at Eau Claire, as well as the unit here in Owen; served as commander of the local legion post on three different occasions; and served on the Wis. Central Democratic Committee for many years.


A week ago Monday close friends and neighbors, mr.a nd Mrs. Donald Rinehart, drove him to the home of one of his daughters at Mound, Minn., when his health began to fail rapidly.  The next day he was admitted to the Veterans’ Hospital at Fort Snelling, where he passed away at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 1962.  Mourning his passing are two daughters, Mrs. L.H. (Doris) LeGault, Mound, Minn.; and Mrs. G.T. (Lorraine) O’Brien, New York City, N.Y.; one son, Douglas of Joliet, Ill.; and a sister, mrs. Kuhl of Stevens Point.


His wife preceded him in death, passing away Feb. 2, 1946.



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