Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 7, 2013

Raymond Fredric Graham

KEWADIN — Raymond Fredric Graham, age 74, of Kewadin, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Munson Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born Dec. 9, 1938, in Saginaw, to Fred and Helen (Myers) Graham.

Ray graduated from Arthur Hill High School, then with a master’s degree in education from Alma College, where he was a three-sport athlete.

He married Peggy Cole on Aug. 22, 1964, in Detroit. Together they raised two children.

Ray taught math for more than 30 years in Owosso, Dearborn Heights and Elk Rapids Public Schools. He coached basketball and baseball in Elk Rapids.

He built numerous homes throughout the Elk Rapids area and crafted and sold Michigan clocks. He enjoyed constructing an extensive model train display in his home and sharing it with his grandchildren and other visitors.

In his spare time he also enjoyed golfing, camping and train travel.

Ray was an active member of his church, serving as an elder and trustee. He was the Elk Rapids Citizen of the Year in 1990.

Ray will be greatly missed by his wife of almost 50 years, Peggy Graham; children, Brett (Erin) Graham and Megan Zell; siblings, Bob, Donna and Tim (Theresa) Graham; grandchildren, Maddie Zell, Cole and Abby Graham; brother-in-law, Tom (Barb) Cole; and sister-in-law, Kathy (John) Moore.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Tom and Dorothy Cole.

A visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids. A funeral will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 1 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Elk Rapids. Burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery in Elk Rapids. A reception will follow at the church.

Memorial contributions in Ray’s name may be directed to the Elk Rapids High School Athletics Department.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.

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