Services for Paul W. “Curly” Graham of Grass Valley will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grass Valley. A reception will follow at the Sportsman Club in Nevada City.
Mr. Graham died Monday, Feb. 2, at home. He was 82.
He was born Sept. 23, 1921, in Arkadelphia, Ark., to Willis Mack and Allie Lee Graham. He served in the 80th Infantry 3rd Army from 1942 to 1945. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, four Major Battle awards, Combat Infantry Badge, Silver and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster Metals and a Purple Heart Award from France in 1945. He married Imogene Hill on March 19, 1949, in Reno, Nev. He began working in the logging and timber field and then joined the Laborers Union No. 185 in construction as a demolition/explosives expert. He retired from the union in 1982. He then joined the California Department of Forestry Air Borne Division in 1989, retiring from CDF in 1996 as an air traffic maintenance employee. He was a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, lifetime member of The American Legion, Sportsman Club of Nevada City, and the 80th Division Veterans Association Active Post 0075. He enjoyed woodworking, trap shooting, gardening, playing the slot machines at the Oroville Indian Casino, garage/yard sales, spending time with his family and his animals.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Imogene Graham of Grass Valley; son, Larry Bruce Graham of Grass Valley; daughter, Deborah Kaye Graham of Sacramento; granddaughter, Heather Danae Graham of Portola; brothers Joe Graham of Arkadelphia, Ark., and Arlen Graham of Newcastle; and sisters Mattie Sue Haltom of Roy, Utah, Ann Wilder of Vancouver, Wash., Ellen Carter, and Lida Nabors both of Arkadelphia, Ark. He was preceded in death by his mother, Allie Graham in 1997; father, Willis Mack Graham in 1986; and brothers, John Worden Graham in 1928, Russell Graham in 1997, and Dois Graham in 2001.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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