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John Newton Graham Jr.

September 17, 1949 - May 12, 2020

U.S. Veteran



John Newton Graham Jr. age 70, passed away unexpectedly on May 12, 2020 at his home in Pearl Beach, MI.   He was born September 17, 1949 in Pontiac, MI. to the late John N. and Marilyn (Best) Graham Sr. and was the eldest of eight sons. He attended schools in Warren and Capac, MI. before joining the U.S. Army and serving during the Vietnam Conflict. Upon his discharge he completed training as a diesel mechanic and eventually found his way as an automotive machinist. In September 1971, he married Darlene Whitmer and had two sons John N. Graham III and James Luther Graham., and a daughter Andrea M. Graham. He loved Northern Michigan and spent the last thirty years in Lewiston and Lovells, before returning to Pearl Beach, MI.

In his early years John was very creative in mechanical trades, home maintenance, and enjoyed working on cars. He was also an avid boater and fisherman who genuinely loved fishing in the St. Clair River, the Great Lakes, and all the streams throughout Michigan.

As a loving father he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends fishing, hunting and trail riding. John truly did enjoy the outdoors and was looking forward to the annual Morel Mushroom Hunt with his sons this season up north. As a devoted son he cared for both of his parents until their death.

Along with his parents John was preceded in death by his daughter Andrea M. Graham and brothers James Graham, Keith Graham, and William Graham.

A private graveside services will be held at a later date, where John’s cremains will be laid to rest next to his daughter in the St. Catherines Cemetery, Algonac. A celebration of life for family and friends will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac, MI.