Obituary for Dale Graham, 88

November 18,1929 To October 29,2014,

5 to 8 PM, Friday, November 7, 2014 @ Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home - Fayette, MO

Funeral Services
11 AM, Saturday, November 8, 2014 @ First Christian Church - Fayette

Private at a later date

Boy Scouts of America - Fayette Troop 62 or Coyote Hill Home in care of funeral home.

Dale Graham 1929 – 2014 Widely known Fayette business man and photographer Dale Graham died at his home on Wednesday morning, October 29, 2014, at the age of 84. Born in Chappell, Nebraska, on November 18, 1929, Dale Edward Graham was the son of Laurence Graham and Ruby (Smith) Graham. He was educated in Chappell and graduated from Deuel County High School with the class of 1947. He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and received a Pharmacy Degree in 1952. He spent 2 years in the United States Army as member of the Counter Intelligence Corp. At the university, he met Maureen King whom he married March 3, 1953 in Crawford, NE. They resided in Baltimore, MD after his receiving his Honorable Discharge, they resided Hot Springs SD and Mitchell, NE before moving to Harrison, NE where Mr. Graham practiced pharmacy as the owner of Sioux Drug until 1961 when he moved to MO. He was employed by the University of Missouri Medical Center, then Katz Drug as the Store Manager in the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City before coming to Fayette in 1963. He became a partner of Thomas Alsop in Alsop and Graham Pharmacy on the east side of the Fayette square. Mr. Graham became sole owner of the business in 1969 until his retirement December 31, 1995. He held the Gold Certificate for 50 years of service from the Missouri Board of Pharmacy. Dale Graham was a man of many interest and varied talents. He was active in his church and many community organizations and endeavors including the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Missouri and Nebraska Pharmaceutical Associations, Fayette Round Table and Boy Scout Troop 62. He was a 50 year member of Fayette Howard Lodge # 4, A.F. & A.M. He volunteered his time at the food pantry among others in the community. In the 60's and 70's he officiated High School Football games around the area. The crew he worked with were so well liked, that they were in demand constantly. He was instrumental in the creation of the Fayette Housing Authority and served multiple terms as its Chairman. From 1981 until it was dissolved in 1995 he was a member of Best Band, Inc, which supported the Central Methodist Instrumental Program. The last 5 years he serving as it's President. He was an avid woodworker working with many types of wood. He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying small aircraft. He loved nature and time spent outdoors. Of his many accomplishments, Mr. Graham may well be best known for his avocation, his great ability as a photographer. His interest of photography started at about age 12 when he developed his first roll of film in his mother’s kitchen with old towels covering the windows to darken the room. A student of the great American landscape photographer Ansel Adams, and of Oliver Schuchard of the University of Missouri, Mr. Graham was widely known and received considerable notoriety for his own work. His body of work included images from the vast expanses of the American west to the charm of the creeks and woodlands of rural Howard County. His award winning photograph, “Windmill on the Prairie” hangs in the New York Museum of Modern Art. His work is also part of the permanent collection of the Sheldon Gallery at the University of Nebraska, the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, NE, the Ashby-Hodge Gallery at Central Methodist University, and the Chappell Memorial Library at Chappell, NE. His work is beautifully reproduced in two books; “Photographs of the Pine Ridge Area and Ft. Robinson, Nebraska” and “Chappell-My Home Town” which he authored. Cabela's Sporting Goods recently featured a photograph from “Chappell-My Home Town” in their 50th Anniversary Book. He was also a fine portrait photographer. His images of wedding parties and family groups are treasured by countless families he served at Dale Graham Photography. Along with his wife of Fayette, Mr. Graham is also survived by two children; Tom Graham of Fayette, and Diann Graham Godbey of Grandview, three grandchildren, Jessica, Katherine and Amy and three great grandchildren, Derek, Eli and Andrew. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Ross Graham and one sister, Lucille Borgens. A Memorial Service for Mr. Graham will be 11 AM, Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Fayette First Christian Church in Fayette with Rev. Paula Ritchie officiating. A visitation will be held 5 to 8 PM, Friday evening, November 7 at the Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette. There will be a private burial at a later date in Crawford, NE. Memorials are suggested to Boy Scouts of America, Fayette Troop 62 or Coyote Hill Home in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service. The family would like to extend a gratitude of appreciation to Jason and Jennifer Hill, Jim Steele, Don Cullimore, Charlie Moore, Gary and Sara Bagby, Mark Freese and Staff of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service and Hometown Health.