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Ronald Graham

Ronald Ray Graham was born Aug. 18, 1949, in Bloomington. He passed away March 31, 2018, at his home in Sunrise Beach, Mo. He was the youngest son of Harold E. Graham and Mary Lucille Brady Graham.

He worked for Cummins Diesel and Central Illinois Trucks in Normal as a diesel technician for over 15 years. He then decided to buy his own semi and drive over-the-road. After relocating his family to Lake of the Ozarks in 1997, he was a crane operator for Rush Dock and Crane and Westfork Construction. He also worked at Franky and Louie’s and Deer Valley Campground for 10 years in general maintenance before retiring completely in 2015. He was a long-time member and officer of the Sons of the American Legion Post 624.

Ron lived a full life enjoying everyday as a holiday. He enjoyed camping, fishing, motorcycling, boating and spending time with friends and family. He was always there to help out anyone who needed it.

Ron is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary Sue Donelson Graham; daughters, Michelle A. Graham, Bloomington; Dawn R. Graham Audi, Bloomington; Kristina L. Long Baker, Boonville, Mo.; and Kayla R. Heibenthal, El Paso; a son, David J. Long, Boonville, Mo.; six grandchildren, Kyle J. Audi, Ashley D. Duncan, Jesse S. Duncan, Emily M. Audi, Dominic B. Baker and Dante R. Baker; great-grandchildren, Mayloni and Milianah Cook; and siblings, James H. Graham and wife, Linda, Warsaw, Mo.; Linda L. Graham Cox, Bloomington; and Steven D. Graham and lifetime companion, Julie, Mountain Grove, Mo.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, a niece and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He lost many close friends through the years.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Gary Brady Jr. will officiate. Inurnment will be in Garber Memorial Estates, Laurie, Mo. Memorial donations may be made to Christmas Angels.

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