OBITUARY

Galen P. Graham

January 27, 1943April 18, 2019
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Loving husband of Sandra Graham; cherished father of Paul (Jianyu) Graham, Stephen (Ann) Graham, and Andrew (Kelly) Graham; proud grandfather of Corinne Graham, Madelyn Graham, Olivia Graham, and August Graham; loving brother of Dixie (the late William) Mitchell; fond uncle, cousin, and friend of many. Preceded in death by his parents, the late Earl and Nona (nee Dix) Graham, and his sister, the late Janet (Blair II) Peterson. Galen was born on January 27, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Homewood, Illinois and attended Bloom Township High School. Galen served in the United States Army Security Agency. He earned a masters degree from NIU and spent his career at the Veteran's Administration Hospital at Hines, Illinois. After retiring, he enjoyed working at the Morton Arboretum. He raised his family in Lisle, Illinois and later moved to Naperville, Illinois. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd, at Blake Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, Illinois 60532, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, followed by a second visitation on Wednesday, April 24th, at St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway, Homewood, Illinois 60430, from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Interment Homewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Morton Arboretum. For more information, please call 630-964-9392.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Interment Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Galen P. Graham

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Nancy Porte

April 24, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Galen at the Morton Arboretum. I was super excited one spring morning to share that bluebells were in bloom, He was quite adamant (but polite) and corrected me, as the blossoms were barely up, He was right and I didn't know how long they take. They show their blueish green leaves for a few weeks, with small, tight blue flower clusters. Finally, the big show arrives with plants about 8 inches tall, carpets of blue, even at a distance on the landscape, and very obviously at their best. Since that first spring conversation, I think of Galen every year as I observe bluebells in their various stages of growth!

Terri Weber

April 19, 2019

I don’t have a distinct memory of Galen to share but I do have an appreciation of the patience and kindness he always showed when I worked with him in the laboratory at Hines. My deepest condolences to his family and may he Rest In Peace.

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