Robert Henry Graham
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Robert Henry Graham
  • September 8, 1929 - July 12, 2016
  • Gateway, Colorado

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Robert Henry "Rub" Graham was born September 8, 1929, in Grand Junction, CO to Fred and Lila Graham. Robert grew up in Gateway and after losing his mother at the age of 2, he spent his youth during summers on Tenderfoot Mesa prospecting with his father. Other summers were spent on Pinion Mesa building fence, etc. He was in the first High School graduating class from Gateway School in 1947 and served in the U.S. army during the Korean War with overseas duty in France.
Rub married Elda Mae Sanford May 26, 1956 and together celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. To this union three children were born: Tam (Deana) Graham, Delta, Tim Graham, Dove Creek, and Starr Graham-Baldwin ( Chuck) Delta, 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
Rub cowboyed, mined and hauled uranium ore. He had mining ventures that included one with his wife as his working partner and other's with both sons. Together they enjoyed the prospect of making a few extra dollars with high grade ore! The peace and solitude of the mountains was one of his joys.
In his latter years he was always that unseen and unheard supporter of the Gateway Community, working behind the scenes as he helped maintain the community park. . He was proud that under his care the trees and foliage began to flourish after years of neglect. Many of the trees were grown by him from seed. He supported his wife by the many errands he ran for the school and Community Club.
During his 25 years as a truck driver he taught many young men to drive truck. He had many stories about his mountain trucking and adventures, including walking into the truck shop one day carrying the steering wheel of his truck as it'd come off in his hands when it broke off of the steering column on the way down John Brown Canyon!
Pride in his children and grandchildren was stated daily. A quiet, reserved man he delighted in visits from family and friends in his home and to those with whom he was comfortable he told stories of his youth and adventures. His favorite singer was Hank Williams and often sang to his family. Never was there a person more proud of their heritage and home town.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Martin Mortuary with a visitation time from 9:00 AM until service time. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Gateway Community Club, PO Box 340, Gateway, CO 81522
Friends and family are invited to leave their memories of Rub at www.martinmortuary.com