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Deb Graham

By Melissa Lambrecht, September 12, 2017


OTTUMWA-Delbert “Deb” Truman Graham, 94, of Ottumwa died at 9:15 a.m. September 10, 2017 at Oskaloosa Care Center in Oskaloosa.

He was born November 9, 1922 to Joseph Edward and Emma Oral Taylor Graham in Muscatine, IA.

He graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1940.

He married Virginia D. Parsons on May 6, 1942.  They had two children, a son and a daughter.  They later divorced.  He married Lois Derby on January 4, 1985.  She preceded him in death on April 30, 2008.

He worked for Saul Edmonds Furniture out of school until he went into the service and again when he got out of the military.  He served active duty in the Army Air Force from April 1942 until December 1945 and was a veteran of WW II.  He worked for Southside Drug, John Deere Ottumwa Works and retired from the U.S. Post Office after 29 years.  In the early years, he enjoyed square dancing including calling and teaching dances.  He also enjoyed bowling and fishing.  Later he took up golf, wood carving, playing cards and dominos.

Surviving is his daughter, Sue (Richard) Hoyt of Oskaloosa; three grandsons, Jeremy (Sheila) Guiter of Oskaloosa, David Graham of Chicago, IL and Jamie (Angie) Graham of Parker, CO; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Graham of Streamwood, IL; six great grandchildren, Andy Guiter of Oskaloosa, Danny Guiter of Fremont, Melani Guiter of Oskaloosa, Jake Graham, Kendall Graham and Josh Graham all of Colorado; two great-great grandchildren; five sisters-in-law, Ruby Graham, Betty Roquet, Delores Miley, Shirley Hazelwood and Vera Brooks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Stephen Craig Graham; three sisters, Beulah in infancy, Vera and Gladys and five brothers, Ralph, Norval, Don, Richard “Doc” and Larry.

His body has been cremated.  Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating.  Private inurnment will be in  Henness Cemetery southwest of Beacon.

Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice serving Wapello and Davis Counties, 927 Pennsylvania Ave. Ottumwa, IA 52501.

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