James Willis Graham, 87
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:27 AM
James "Jim" Willis Graham, 87, of Dover, died peacefully at his home on
Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.
James Willis Graham was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Le Sueur County,
Minnesota, to Fred and Elizabeth (Carter) Graham. As a child, he enjoyed
hunting and fishing with his brother, Clarence, and as an adult, working
with their Belgian horses and cows. He attended country school in Le Sueur
County and joined the United States Navy in 1943. He served on the USS
Smalley during World War II as a Seaman First Class, being honorably
discharged in 1946 after being present at the signing of the Peace Treaty.
On Nov. 15, 1947, he was united in marriage to Pauline Flowers. He was a
farmer throughout his entire life and truly loved being on the farm. He
continued to milk cows until he was 82 years old. He was a member of the
National Rifle Association, the Eyota American Legion, and a former member
of Wesleyan Methodist Church in Albert Lea. If someone needed help, he was
there, he would give the shirt off his back if he knew you needed it.
Relationships were very important to him, and he would rather take the short
end of the stick in a business deal then risk his relationship with the
other person. His family meant the world to him, especially his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren; growing up, his grandchildren
remember him as always being firm with them, but yet always compassionate
and understanding. He will truly be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline; three children, Eileen Loverink of
Hollandale, Larry (Chris) of St. Charles, and Sandra (Steven) LaBare of
Dover; seven grandchildren, David LaBare, Marshall and Jared Graham, Brett,
Matthew and Kurt Loverink, and Cassandra Pressnall; 18 great-grandchildren
and one on the way; and a brother, Clarence of St. Peter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary (George)
Gilsrud and Margie (John) Burns; and a sister-in-law, Dolores Graham.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 18, at St. Charles Bible Church,
with the Revs. James Barnhart and Dwight LaPine officiating. Burial
followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Dover where the Eyota American Legion Post
#551 performed full military honors.
Please share a memory of Jim, sign his online guestbook, and view his
video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.
Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service in St. Charles assisted the family with