Richard G. Graham was born in Chicago. His parents were Edward and Elpha Betty (Showers) Graham. He had three brothers, and one sister. Their names were Robert, Edward, Edna, and Donald.
Richard was raised in Chicago, where he enjoyed playing marbles, hide and seek, toy trains, riding his bicycle, and playing with his wagon.
He attended school in Chicago and says he liked Math, English, Shop, Art, and Music classes. His favorite memory was passing elementary school.
Richard was married to Mary M. Ford for 24 years. Years later, he met his current wife, Jean Ann, at the mailboxes in Green Valley, Arizona.
Richard has five children. Karen, Mary, Jennifer, Steven and Dave. They’ve given him 11 grandchildren. Their names are Malissa, Molly, Ryan, Kris, Gretchen, Jessica, Cortney, Brandon, Nicole, Rachel, and Sarah.
He worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago after his stint of 20 years in the Navy. He has also worked as a Fisher Body in Tecumseh, Michigan and a Cutting Room Car Inside Parts worker where he worked on cushioned seat covers.
While Richard was in the Navy, he traveled to the Pacific during WWII, Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Bermuda, Key West, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Norfolk Virginia on Tail Hook Squadrons, and Aircraft Carriers. During his stint in the Navy he was promoted to and retired as Chief (senior chief) Petty Officer.
His favorite places are the Mediterranean, which he visited three times, Cuba, New Foundland, the Philippines, California, and Montana. But his greatest experience was going through the Panama Canal. Richard enjoys golfing, bowling, handball, and lifting weights.
Richard is proud that he assisted in building a home once and that he visited NATO.
A little funny story Richard told us was that when he and his wife were on their way to church to get married, the car caught on fire.