Paul Henry Graff

March 11, 1931 - March 16, 2017
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Paul Henry Graff, 86, of New Philadelphia, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia following a period of declining health.

A son of the late Fred R. and Nellie (Stonebrook) Graff, Paul was born March 11, 1931 at New Philadelphia.

Paul was a 1949 graduate of New Philadelphia Hi…

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Paul Henry Graff, 86, of New Philadelphia, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia following a period of declining health.

A son of the late Fred R. and Nellie (Stonebrook) Graff, Paul was born March 11, 1931 at New Philadelphia.

Paul was a 1949 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was retired from Union Camp/Arizona Chemical at Dover.

He enjoyed square dancing during his younger years and along with his wife, Nita, he was a member of the Star Promenaders. Paul was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia and he enjoyed volunteering his time at the Tuscarawas County Fair. He also enjoyed gardening, canning and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Juanita “Nita” Jane (Gundy) Graff whom he married on July 25, 1953; three children, Paula (John) Cush of Bolivar, Cindy (Kevin) Case of New Philadelphia and Scott (Peggy) Graff of Columbus; his grandchildren, Jonathan (Marissa) Cush of New Philadelphia, David (Danika) Cush of Bolivar, Michael Cush of Irvine, California, Gregory Cush of Bolivar and Erik Cush of Denver, Colorado, Michael (Tia) Case of Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and Jennifer (Seth) Corder of Dover; three great grandchildren, Peyton and Teagan Case and Owen Cush; two sisters, Sara (Glenn) Beaber of Columbus and Merle Levoie of Florida; a brother, Don (Hazel) Graff of New Philadelphia; a brother-in-law, Richard (Toni) Gundy and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Debra “Debbie” Abel and his siblings, Ann Neff, Arline Barr, Howard, Olin, Glen, Curtis and Wayne Graff, Helen Bailey, Ruth Pytel, Marilyn Pissocra and June Brownfield.

In keeping with Paul’s wishes, there will be no calling hours and cremation will take place through the care of the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. A private graveside service with military honors will be held in East Avenue Cemetery at a later date.

Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Paul by visiting the funeral home website,

Contributions may be made in Paul’s memory to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Born: March 11, 1931
Died: March 16, 2017

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Kim Link posted on 3/23/17

Nita pm and family, So sorry to hear of Paul's passing, keeping you all in my prayers, take care.


Mark Graff posted on 3/22/17

As a young boy I often imagined what mischief and magic might have happened in the attic bedroom that Uncle Paul and his slightly older brother, Don (my father), shared in their family’s home on South Broadway. With 13 other children, grandpa and grandma Graff made the most of every nook and cranny in that home. Later, this same house was where Paul and Aunt Nita raised their own family. Growing up, Uncle Paul often helped my dad when he needed an extra hand, whether at the radio station or with other projects dad might be doing. As I got older, that role of dad’s assistant happily fell to me, though dad would often forget and say to me “Hand me those pliers, Paul.” Then we’d laugh about the slip. After I moved away, on any visit home Paul would notice a different car in the driveway and walk through the orchard to say hello. I can close my eyes and instantly picture his easy smile and jovial nature. Rest in peace, Uncle Paul, and may your family find comfort in their own favorite memories of you as brother, father and husband.


Lyle & Michelle Tope posted on 3/20/17

Don, Nita & the entire Graff Family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of Mr Graff. I'll always remember him as one of the many great "Southsiders" that so many of us kids grew up around. Didn't know Paul well but if he was anything like his brother, I'm certain he was and still is a great man. May you all be consoled in your grief by our Lord, Jesus Christ. Peace, Lyle "Tiny" & Michelle Tope


Dale and Judy Fincher posted on 3/20/17

To Nita, Cindy and Kevin, So sorry to hear about your loss. Just hold on to your memories of your father. Will keep you and your family in our prayers during this difficult time. May God be with you..


Sue & Ken Hawkins posted on 3/19/17

Paula and Cindy and all of the Graff family Sorry for your loss


Bob & Nancy Hamilton posted on 3/18/17

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Bob & Nancy Hamilton posted on 3/18/17

With deepest sympathy to the Graff family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss him very much. Bob & Nancy Hamilton


Cheryl and Tom Korns posted on 3/18/17

Dear Nita and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will be keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time.


Carolyn and Bob Vaughn posted on 3/18/17

Dear Nita and Family of Paul, We are so very sorry for your loss, he was a wonderful man, would always see him at our garden center and he knew his plants and was a great gardener and man...Thinking of you in thoughts and prayers.... Carolyn and Bob Vaughn


Bill & June Celce posted on 3/18/17

Our sympathies to Nita and family. We are so sorry for Paul's loss. He always came to visit me when I was working at the church early on Saturday mornings. "Just checkin'," he would comment. We had a lot of conversations especially about his and Nita's dancing expertise! We will miss talking with him.


Wendy Ramsey posted on 3/17/17

Aunt Nita, Paula, Cindy, Scott and families: I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Uncle Paul walking across the orchard to visit Dad and Mom. I've been thinking of how Jenna used to call your Dad, "Punca Paul" when she was a little girl. I've also been comforted by the thought that Uncle Paul is reunited with Debbie and his brothers and sisters and parents. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Love, Wendy


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 3/17/17

Nita and family, Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. So many memories of when Paul and Jim worked at Union Camp.