Longtime Kenai resident Richard "Rick" Graham died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna, where he had been a resident for five years. He was 58.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Place Nursing Center in Soldotna. Deacon Bill Milewski will officiate. Burial will follow the funeral at the Kenai City Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1 p.m. until service time at Heritage Place.
Mr. Graham was born Dec. 7, 1944, in Tampa, Fla. Later, the family moved to Mansfield, La., where they lived for many years. He graduated from Northside High School in Lafayette, La. He moved to Kenai in 1970, where he worked for Qwick Construction for many years.
Mr. Graham enjoyed fishing, hunting and living in Alaska. He was an avid coin and stamp collector. He never married and has no children. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Kenai and also a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Mr. Graham also was a charter member of the Peninsula Family Moose Center.
"Though Rick suffered with multiple medical complications during his lifetime, his faith and optimistic outlook saw him through the hardships of life. He inspired us. We will miss him and remember him as a gentle and kind man who loved and took great pride in his family," his family said.
Mr. Graham was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. George Mason Graham and Aimee (Texada) Graham and Johnnie Robert Shoalmire and Ethel Udell (Wright) Shoalmire; and his parents, George Mason Graham and Ethel Odessa (Shoalmire) Graham.
He is survived by his brothers, Robert Duncan Graham and his wife, Linda Jo Graham, of Kenai, and George Mason Graham of Nidderau, Germany; nieces, Sharon Renee Graham and Kimberly Dawn Graham of Kenai and Rebecca Elizabeth Graham of Nidderau; nephews, George Christopher Graham of Nidderau and Alexander Mason Graham of Hamburg, Germany; and great-nephews, Robert Devin Graham and Nathen Corey Graham of Kenai.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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