MOUNT VERNON — Harold D. Graham, a lifelong resident of Mount Vernon, passed away Tuesday morning, June 25, 2013, at The Laurels after a two-week illness.
He was born June 16, 1923, in Mount Vernon, to George S. Graham and Cleo L. (Poland) Graham. He graduated from Gambier High School in 1941. In 1946, following his discharge from the service, he married Mary Lou McCoy. They were happily married for 47 years until her death in 1993.
Harold was a proud combat veteran of WWII. After 18 months of training, in June 1944, he became a member of the crew of a B-24 Liberator that was assigned to the 451st Heavy Bomber Group, 725th Squadron of the 15th Air Force, and was stationed in Northern Italy. Over the eight months there, they bombed targets from Toulon, France, to the oil fields of Ploiesti, Rumania. He received an honorable discharge in July 1945.
Harold was a third-generation plasterer, a trade passed down to him from his father. He worked at PPG for a total of 30 years on the gas hearth and lehr, and when they closed, he began working for the Ariel Corp. in 1976 as a shop supervisor until his retirement in 1994.
Dad always said that he felt like he “went to heaven” when at age 11 his family moved to the country. After the war, he started building his own house and began raising ponies, which were both dreams of his since childhood. His hobbies over the years were coon hunting, fishing and bowling.
Surviving are six children, Linda L. Clutter, Thomas A. Graham, Georgia A. (Eugene) Ridenbaugh, Wesley N. Graham, Gary L. (Peggy) Graham and Tina M. Lowe. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Donna R. Harrmann; sister and brother-in-law, Doris R. (Dwight “Moe”) Harris; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Richard S. (Wanda) Graham and Robert L. (Laverne) Graham; and grandson, Jason Edward Clutter.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside service, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions in Harold’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
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