OBITUARY ~ MICHAEL HENDERSON GRAHAM
August 24, 1952 ~ December 02, 2011
Michael Henderson GRAHAM was born August 24, 1952 in Helena, Montana and died December 2, 2011 in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Michael was adopted by Ward and Nettie (DAVIDSON) GRAHAM and raised around Missoula, Montana.
When he was growing up, Michael loved to visit his grandparents because they lived "in the country". He told many stories
about his love for the outdoors and spending time with his grandfather.
As a teenager, Mike loved racing and restoring old cars, hunting in the mountains and panning for gold.
Michael was a sheet metal worker by trade and this allowed him to work many places including Alaska on the Alaskan
pipeline, Colorado, and in Florida where he had the opportunity to work on construction at Disney World. He also held
jobs with the Montana Forest service, farmed, and owned his own construction company. In his spare time, Michael loved
horses, boating, weaving, painting, and cooking. When Michael was 50 years old, he was reunited with his biological
sisters. Another of Michael's favorite pastimes was spending time with his grandchildren, Brooklyn (14), Preston (12),
Madison (9), Keaton (6), and Claire Marie (3 months).
Michael and his wife Debra (SWIETLIK) GRAHAM made their home in Mount Ayr in 2010. Mike loved the Scottish heritage of
Mount Ayr, attending local events, and especially getting to know the people of the community.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Ward & Nettie GRAHAM and his sister Peggy GRAHAM.
Left to cherish Michael's memory are his wife Debra; daughters Elizabeth SIEDELMANN, Leslie LANCE, Kay LYNN and Lisa
GRAHAM; sons Shawn and Scott GRAHAM; sisters Pam KELLER, Anita SAILER, Marie ANDERSON; grandchildren Brooklyn, Preston,
Madison, Keaton, and Claire Marie; great friends Nick & Kathy HOWE, Dave & Karolyn ZOLLMAN, Bill & Alice BROWN, and Jory
& Telena DUNLAP; brother and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and one crazy dog named Mariah.
A memorial fund has been established to the family.
Prayer services were held on December 5 at 3:30 PM at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr, which was in charge of arrangements.
CORRECTIONS: Michael GRAHAM was married six times. His known descendants are his four
biological children and four biological grandchildren. His son Shawn GRAHAM has a daughter named Kayla HAWKINS (20),
Michael GRAHAM has three biological grandchildren through his daughters Kay Lynn "Katie" GRAHAM and Lisa MATTHEWS.
Katie has two children, they are Lamar Felix MAILO (12) and Kristoffer Robert HAMILTON (3). Lisa has one child with her
husband Tim, his name is James Cristoffer Matthews (2). Michael's son Scott Graham and his wife Rhiannon do not have any
children. Michael GRAHAM'S mother's name was Nettie "Davey" GEORGE, his sister was Peggi GEORGE.
Posted on Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home's site by: Scott Graham - Missoula, MT - Biological Son Dec 14, 2011
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2012
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