Robert “Bob” David Graham, 92, of St. Charles, MO passed away on Monday, Jan. 3rd at Sunset Home in Maysville, MO. He was born in Cleveland, OH to Agnetta Rose and Arthur King Graham on Dec. 26, 1929. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Stewart Graham and 3 sisters, Esther (Gabriel) Keszei, Leah Graham, and Joan (Harvey) O’Brien of Ohio. He is survived by a sister, Ann (Joseph) Nanni of Lakewood, OH; a daughter, Susan (Kyle) Bridgman of Maysville; a son, David Robert Graham of St. Charles, MO, grand-daughters Laura Bridgman and Allison Bridgman of Maysville, Judy Graham of Villa Ridge, MO, Tyler Weatherby of Vandalia, MO, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert Graham grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he worked many jobs from Western Union messenger on railroad cars, salesman, tree-trimmer, admissions clerk at John Cochran Veterans Medical Center, taught business at Harris-Stowe College and was a substitute teacher in the St. Louis area in his retirement years. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Missouri as well as being a Navy recruiter in the St. Louis area. He retired from the Navy and then served in the Illinois Army National Guard.
One of Robert’s favorite things to do, other than enjoying his grand-daughters who called him “Poppy,” was to travel around the world by riding on military planes where space allowed. Australia, Singapore and Korea were among his favorite places to travel. He was also a prolific letter-writer and would send letters to friends and family from these distant lands as well as letters to keep in touch with military comrades over the years. Other hobbies he enjoyed over the years were photography and ham radio operating.
Robert enjoyed finding out interesting things about people he encountered in everyday situations and telling stories which he recalled from throughout his life. This came in handy when he spent time at his favorite cafe, Lady Di’s, in St. Charles. He also enjoyed sitting at Miss Toni’s table near the fireplace in Cracker Barrel restaurant. His generosity and story-telling skills will be greatly missed.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.