Bill L. Graham - February 14, 2014Bill L. Graham, age 68, of Aurora, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Veterans Medical Center in Omaha.
Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Grace Bible Fellowship at 2518 23rd Avenue, Central City. Revs. John Prettyman and Fred Mikat will officiate. Interment will be in Richland Cemetery at 2 p.m. prior to the service. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Adult Basic Education or the Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Bill Lee Graham, the son of Burnard and Iris ‘June’ (Posey) Graham, was born in Bremen, Georgia on July 14, 1945 and passed away in Omaha, Nebr. on Feb. 14, 2014, at the age of 68.
Bill grew up in Aurora and attended Aurora High School. He entered the U.S. Navy in October of 1965, where he received his GED while in the Navy. Bill was self-employed in construction following his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1968.
Bill was married to Barbara Friesen on Aug. 16, 1969 at Aurora, Nebr. Bill was employed at Grosshans Lumber Co., Aurora Schools as a custodian, sales person for Egan Supply, Rockmount Research and worked at Davis Cleaning Service. He became disabled in 1988. Bill was affiliated with Pointman Ministries ministering to VietNam Vets suffering from PTSD.
Bill was a member of the American Legion Post #42 and life member of VFW Post #4993, lifetime member of DAV, Navy SeaBees Veterans of America, VietNam Veterans of America and Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans Association and a member of the Order of the Silver Rose. He was also a member of Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Central City. Bill was on the Board of Directors with ABE and Board Chairman of the Hamilton County Veterans Board. Bill’s interests included playing with his grandchildren, working on antique radios, going to auctions and garage sales. His outdoor activities included hunting, fishing, and archery, fast pitch softball either watching or playing. He was a Nebraska football and basketball and New York Yankees fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Those who remain to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara of Aurora; two sons, Paul (Shelly) and Tim (Becky) all of Aurora and 5 grandchildren, Alicia Graham, Jenna Graham, Peyton Graham, Isaac Graham and Andrew Graham. He is also survived by 3 brothers, Don (Louise) Graham of Central City, Edward (Janet) Graham of Grover, Colo. and Larry (Jackie) Graham of Virginia and 2 sisters, Flora Danhauer of Des Moines, Iowa and Peggy (Doug) Salmon of Omaha and many nieces, nephews and friends.