Michael Henderson Graham August 24, 1952 – December 2, 2011

  Michael Henderson Graham was born August 24, 1952 in Helena, Montana and died December 2, 2011 in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Michael was adopted by Ward and Nettie (Davidson) Graham and raised around Missoula, Montana.

When he was growing up, Michael loved to visit his grandparents because they lived ‘in the country.’ He told many stories about his love for the outdoors and spending time with his grandfather.

As a teenager, Mike loved racing and restoring old cars, hunting in the mountains and panning for gold.

Michael was a sheet metal worker by trade and this allowed him to work many places including Alaska on the Alaskan pipeline, Colorado and in Florida where he had the opportunity to work on construction at Disney World. He also held jobs with the Montana Forest service, farmed and owned his own construction company. In his spare time, Michael loved horses, boating, weaving, painting and cooking. 

When Michael was 50 years old, he was reunited with his biological sisters. Another of Michael’s favorite pastimes was spending time with his grandchildren, Brooklyn (14), Preston (12), Madison (nine), Keaton (six) and Claire Marie (three months).

Michael and his wife, Debra (Swietlik) Graham, made their home in Mount Ayr in 2010. Mike loved the Scottish heritage of Mount Ayr, attending local events and especially getting to know the people of the community.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Ward and Nettie Graham and his sister, Peggy Graham.

Left to cherish Michael’s memory are his wife, Debra; daughters, Elizabeth Siedelmann, Leslie Lance, Kay Lynn and Lisa Graham; sons, Shawn and Scott Graham; sisters, Pam Keller, Anita Sailer and Marie Anderson; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Preston, Madison, Keaton and Claire Marie; great friends, Nick and Kathy Howe, Dave and Karolyn Zollman, Bill and Alice Brown and Jory and Telena Dunlap; brother and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews, and one crazy dog named Mariah.

Visitation and a prayer service were held at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Monday, December 5, 2011, with Rev. Terry Roberts officiating.

A memorial fund has been established to the family.

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