John "Allen" Graham, Jr.

August 17, 1925 - July 24, 2017
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John “Allen” Graham, Jr., 91, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, July 24, 2017 in Union Hospital following a sudden illness.

A son of the late John Allen and Melissa Louise (Smith) Graham, Allen was born August 17, 1925 in Fairmont, WV.

He grew up in Morgantown, WV and served in the U.S. Army throughout Europe in …

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John “Allen” Graham, Jr., 91, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, July 24, 2017 in Union Hospital following a sudden illness.

A son of the late John Allen and Melissa Louise (Smith) Graham, Allen was born August 17, 1925 in Fairmont, WV.

He grew up in Morgantown, WV and served in the U.S. Army throughout Europe in WWII. During combat, a tank ran over his leg and he recovered fully with no noticeable limp. He was discharged with honors.

After the war, Allen attended the University of Pittsburgh and WVU. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from WVU.

Allen owned a trucking company and then spent most of his career in management of the utility corporation, National Fuel Gas Company in Buffalo, NY. He retired in 1995.

Despite the work that he loved, the highlight of his life was his family. While snow skiing in Buffalo in 1959, he met Carol Burd, the love of his life. After a few short weeks of knowing each other, they married with a simple ceremony.

Allen will be deeply missed by his children, Bruce (fiancé, Gina Howard) Graham, and Amy (Graham) Montan, both of New Philadelphia; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Andrew) Slaughter of Martinsburg, WV, Katie Graham of Middletown, MD, Melissa Montan of Brooklyn, NY, Jessica Montan of Covington, KY (her partner in crime, David Ratcliff) and Justin (fiancé, Lydia Batchelder of Stillwater, OK) Montan of Charlotte, NC; step-granddaughter, Jessica Domer of New Philadelphia; younger sister, Elizabeth McConkey of Monroe, LA; great-grandchildren, Owen and Natalie Slaughter of Parkersburg, WV and Hailey Graham of West Palm Beach, FL; nephew, John (Linda) Vanderford of Lake Oswego, OR and nieces, Lisa Auvil of San Diego, CA and Beth (Alan) Cohen of Monroe, LA; great-nieces, Gretchen (Ernest) Wallace, Lisa (Reuben) White and Katy (Jeremy) Peterson; and several great-great-nieces and nephews; and dear friends, the Kimble family.

In addition to his parents, Allen was preceded in passing by his beloved wife, Carol, on March 20, 1970; his two-month-old daughter, Nonie; his older sister, Anne (Graham) Auvil; his brother-in-law, Carroll Auvil; and his brother-in-law and dear friend, William “Bill” McConkey.

Allen was an enthusiast of many adventurous pursuits. He earned his single-engine pilot’s license with a VFR certification and loved to fly. He also enjoyed sailing, hiking, canoeing, travelling, and was a voracious reader who could contribute knowledge and wisdom to any conversation.

Until the end, he raised beef cattle and generously shared the yield of his herd with his friends and family. His passion for farming led him to continue driving a tractor in the hay fields up until a week before he passed. His strong determination and work ethic inspired others throughout his life and will continue to do so despite his absence.

In honor of Allen’s wishes, cremation has been entrusted to Linn-Hert Geib Funeral Home & Crematory in New Philadelphia. Calling hours will be held in funeral home on Friday, July 28 from 3 to 4:30 pm. A memorial service will begin at 4:30.

Donations can be made in Allen’s name to UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, or Doctors without Borders, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5030.

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Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm

End Time: 4:30 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

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116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Friday, July 28, 2017

Time: 4:30 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Donation Information

UNICEF

125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

Doctors Without Borders

PO Box 5030
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030

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Born: August 17, 1925
Died: July 24, 2017

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Lee Gladman posted on 7/28/17

Another one of those relics who served our country and set a good example for us.

 

Lee Gladman posted on 7/28/17

Very inspiring man may God bless your family in there time of loss.

 

Nathan Nordine posted on 7/28/17

What a great man, and kind soul. Sympathy, love, and prayers to Amy and the entire family.

 

Kevin Krieger posted on 7/27/17

I'm so sorry to see that Allen has passed. I was very fond of him. He was a great guy. From all the Krieger family, Godspeed Allen.

 

Frank, Cindy, Michael, Mallory & Caleb posted on 7/27/17

Dearest Amy, Melissa, Jess and Justin - We are so very Sorry for the loss of your dad and grandfather! What an Outstanding, wonderful man! We have had so many wonderful times with him at all our family parties, and cookouts at your house! We always felt he was a special part of our family too! We loved him very much! You were his LIFE and he loved you all so much! He will live in all our hearts forever! I know our lives were richer, by him being a part of it! We Love You Very Much!

 

Joe G posted on 7/26/17

One of the most incredible people I have ever known. He will be missed. He made a permanent mark on all those fortunate to have known him. Amy, Bruce and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Amy Rhinehart posted on 7/26/17

Amy, Bruce and family Your family is in our prayers. Love you all John, Amy and family?

 

Susie Baker posted on 7/26/17

Amy and Bruce, I am sorry very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. From knowing him as a young kid, I remember him being such a sweet loving man. I have you in my prayers and want you to know you are in my thoughts during this sad time. Love you both!! Susie Burzak /Baker

 

Tracey Lehr-Twing posted on 7/26/17

In memory of a wonderful father, and grandfather. His kindness will be remembered by all. My love and prayers to his family at this time.

 

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