May 6, 2012 - StaffJames M. Graham, 77, lifelong cattle rancher of the Sweetwater Valley, Jeffrey City area, died on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at the Help for Health Hospice Center in Riverton, after a short battle with cancer.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander. A reception follows in the Monarch Room at the Pronghorn Lodge in Lander.
James M. Graham was born Jan. 13, 1935, the son of Ted and Goldie Graham. He was a graduate of Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander, where he played football and served as senior class president.
Mr. Graham joined the U.S. Army in the fall of 1954 with his best friend, Chuck Faulkner. He did his basic training at Fort Ord, Calif., and served in Germany.
While in the Army, Mr. Graham received the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Sharp Shooter (Rifle) and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Graham completed his tour of duty with an honorable discharge the fall of 1956.
He married Nadine Roe on June 10, 1958.
Mr. Graham served for more than 40 years with the Jeffrey City Fire Department and served as chief for six years.
He served on the District 9 School board at Jeffrey City for six years and served for three years on the Fremont County School Reorganization Board.
He was a past president and long-time member of the Fremont Cattlemen's Association. He also served on the board and was a longtime member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association.
Mr. Graham is survived by his wife, Nadine A. Graham; a son, Dale Graham and wife Sheila of Sweetwater; a daughter, Carol Nebeker and husband Earl of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren Ruby, Richard and Trevor Graham, Aric Potter of Reno, Nev., Eric Nebeker and wife Peigi , Krysta and Danielle Nebeker; great-grandson Austin Nebeker ; a sister, Betty Chapman, and husband Raymond of Worland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Goldie Graham, and his brother, Tom.
Memorials may be made to the Help for Health Hospice in Riverton or the Jeffrey City Community Fund, in care of Hudson's Funeral Home, 680 Mount Hope Drive, Lander, WY 82520.
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