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In Memory of

Richard Andrew Graham

May 31, 1941 - May 5, 2017

Obituary


Richard Andrew "Rick" Graham, age 75, of Salem, Oregon, was at home surrounded by his loving family as he went to live with the Lord last Friday, the 5th of May, 2017. He was born to William Howard Graham and Bernice Ford on May 31, 1941 in Austin, Colorado. Raised in Enid, Oklahoma, Rick grew up as the youngest of 5 children, survived by his brothers Gene and Duane, and preceded in death by his brother Bill and sisters Mae and Berna. Rick spent his childhood in Oklahoma, and then as a young adult he...

Richard Andrew "Rick" Graham, age 75, of Salem, Oregon, was at home surrounded by his loving family as he went to live with the Lord last Friday, the 5th of May, 2017. He was born to William Howard Graham and Bernice Ford on May 31, 1941 in Austin, Colorado. Raised in Enid, Oklahoma, Rick grew up as the youngest of 5 children, survived by his brothers Gene and Duane, and preceded in death by his brother Bill and sisters Mae and Berna. Rick spent his childhood in Oklahoma, and then as a young adult he moved to California. While he was there his love of cars and motorcycles lead to various lines of work, such as being a service writer for multiple car dealerships, and at one point racing both stock cars and dragsters. Rick remained in California until 1998, when he departed for Central Point, Oregon. After his move Rick worked as a quality control manager at Airport Chevrolet until his retirement in 2002.

It was while living in Central Point that Rick met and married his wife, M. Joann Plemons, née Clayton, on November 20, 1999. The two of them lived together in Central Point until 2002, when they both moved to Salem, Oregon. It was only once he lived in Salem that Rick became passionate about the thing most people know him for: tractors. After receiving his first tractor as a gift in 2003 Rick became enamored, and soon he was knocking on neighbors doors looking for any excuse to do tractor work he could find, never asking for anything in return.

Rick is preceded in death by his son, Randy. He is survived by his sons, Rusty and Richard Jr.; daughters, Carolyn and Laurie; stepson, Ken Henry; stepdaughters, Cindy Bohach and Michelle Christensen; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1pm on Saturday, May 13th, at Calvary Chapel located at 1550 Hoffman Rd NE, Salem, OR 97301. He will be interred at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, 201 S. Oak Grove Road, Salem, OR 97304, at 4 p.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to Calvary Chapel.

Arrangements under the direction of Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors, Salem, Oregon.