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Benner Virgil Graham
Birth: Oct. 5, 1905
Polk County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jul. 2, 1949
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA

This is my grandpa I never knew. An article ran in the newspaper after his death that spoke of how kind and sweet he was. This must be accurate because my dad had to learn his kindness from somewhere.

Benner was a truck driver, owned a gas station and was pretty tough when need be.

Grandpa died, at the age of 44, after a long battle with leukemia.


Benner Virgil Graham was born on October 5, 1905 and died July 2 at Rochester, Minnesota. He was married November 26 to Leona Beck. To this union were born two sons, Benner Eugene who preceded him in death, and Donald Ray now serving in the United States Navy, and his adopted grandson, Norman Eugene.

Besides his wife and sons he leaves his father, Benner Garfield Graham; a sister, Mrs. Helen Cannon; his maternal Aunt, Mrs Jenett D. Reid; an uncle, Dr. Walter Sternberg; other close relatives and a host of friends. He died a victim of that baffling disease, leukemia.

Benner Graham was distinguished among his acquaintances by his affable cheerfulness, his kindly generosity and his love of home.

His funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Ernest Whitesmith in the Mitchellville Universalist church on the afternoon of the 13th and the interment was in the Mitchellville cemetery.

(Altoona Herald, The, (Altoona, IA) 7/21/1949, Page: 9)

Family links: 
  Benner Garfield Graham (1881 - 1953)
  Daisy Sternberg Graham (1879 - 1948)
  Leona Viola Beck Davis (1907 - 1974)*
  Benner Eugene Graham (1927 - 1945)*
  Donald Ray Graham (1929 - 2010)*
  Benner Virgil Graham (1905 - 1949)
  Margaret J Graham (1909 - 1911)*
  Helen Virginia Graham Cannon (1913 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Mitchellville Cemetery
Polk County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: Oct 24, 2009
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Benner Virgil Graham
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