Richard “Dick” J. Graham, 80, of Beardstown died Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
He was born Dec. 1, 1940, in Beardstown, the son of Fred and Dorothy Orr Graham. He married Marjorie K. Brewer on Jan. 14, 1966, in Beardstown and she survives.
He is also survived by his children, Lori McClenning of Mt. Sterling, Jay (April) Brewer of Columbia Falls, MT, Michelle (Jim) Harris and Patricia Lopez, all of Springfield, Dickie (Christina) Graham of Beardstown and Danielle Sanchez of Springfield; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nine siblings, Nancy Schramm, Carolyn Kurlich, Sheila Jones, Debbie Trickey, Brenda Brewer, Mike Graham, Jim Graham, Gary Graham and Steve Graham; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Timothy Brewer and Robbie Graham; three grandsons, Brandon McClenning, Steven Brewer and Derek Juarez; five siblings, Shirley Cade, Bob Graham, Beverly Lee, Judy Graham and Sharon Swan.
Mr. Graham attended Beardstown schools and worked for Trinity Steel in his younger years. He also had been a body man for numerous car dealerships and partnered with Larry Belville, owning their own dealership. Dick also owned and operated his own car dealership, as well as Graham Painting which is still operated by his son, Dickie, Jr.
Dick was known for his boxing skills and had trained many boys at the local boxing club. He enjoyed taking country rides and looking for old cars and trucks. Dick was happy-go-lucky and loved to be around people. He was quick to pay compliments to people, as well as tease them. If someone needed his last dollar he would give it to them, no questions asked. He also enjoyed going to the casinos to gamble. His greatest passion was spending time with his family, children and grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Sager Funeral Home with burial at Beardstown City Cemetery. Family will meet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Sager Funeral Home. Due to the current health situation, face masks will be required and to comply with social distancing guidelines, a limited number of people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time.
Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sagerfuneralhome.com.