PARKS -- Ernest F. Graham, 85, died Saturday (June 11, 2005), at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
He was born Dec. 19, 1919 on his family's farm north of Parks to Earl and Sadie (Phillips) Graham. He attended country school near his family's home in District 48 through the eighth grade, then engaged in farming with his father.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 3, 1942 and received his initial training at Robins Field in Georgia before becoming an NCO in the 78th Medical Supply Platoon. He served in the Army Air Corp. in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, including India and Burma. After receiving his honorable discharge on Feb. 18, 1946, Ernest returned to the farm in Dundy County.
On Feb. 16, 1952, he married LaVona Fay Cecil at St. Francis, Kan.
After his wife's death Nov. 21, 1983, he married Alice L. Krager on Oct. 6, 1991, in New Raymer, Colo.
Preceding him in death are his parents; wives, LaVona and Alice; sisters, Leola, Fern, and Emma; and brothers, Paul, Edgar, and Albert.
Survivors include his sons, Royce Graham, Curtis Graham and special friend, Rhonda Seybolt, and Alan Graham, all of Parks; step-children, Wayne Krager, and wife, Gale, Janet Aikens, and husband, Harold, Jim Krager, and wife, Shelly, all of New Raymer, Colo.; sister, Pauline Blut of Golden, Colo.; grandson, Cody, and granddaughter, Cierra.
Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m., in the funeral chapel with the Rev. Randy Hayes officiating. Interment with military honors will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. (MDT) at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the Benkelman VFW.
Forch Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.