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09/05/1945 — 06/13/2021
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Celebration of Life
Our beloved husband, brother, and Uncle Richard Stanley Graf was received into heaven early on the morning of June 13 th , 2021, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA at the age of 75. He had battled a number of illnesses until the end. He was born in Oakley, Idaho, to Richard Sr. Graf and LuJean Graf on September 5 th ,1945. Rich’s father was serving his country during World War II in the Pacific. His mother raised Rich alone for the next two years until the war ended. Richard Sr. returned home and took over the family farm with Rich, his brothers and sister creating many memories of hard work of running a large farm.
Rich graduated from Minico High School in southern Idaho in 1963, and soon joined the Army himself serving for three years, one of which was in an isolated area of Korea where he worked with microwave radios. Upon returning from the service he met Nancy Todd and married the love of his life on August 3, 1968. They moved to Pasco, Washington, where she taught school and he continued his education, graduating from Central Washington College with a degree in accounting. He worked as an accountant for the South Columbia Basin Irrigation District in Pasco for the next 30 years.
Rich enjoyed staying home, reading and sometimes traveling with his wife. After many years of failing health, in 2015 he received the incredible gift of a new kidney and was so grateful to the donor he would never know. He continued to battle various illnesses for the next six years.
Rich will be missed by his wife of almost 53 years, Nancy. Rich is survived by his wife Nancy, three brothers, Steve (Jolene), Bruce (Judy), and Danny (Julie) and Sister Connie Larson. His extended family includes brother-in-law Ronnie (Yvonne) and nephews John Todd (Doris Ann), Brian Todd (Hidie) and niece Rhonda (Rob) Quinn and their families. Rich is preceded in death by parents Richard Sr. Graf and LuJean Graf.
A celebration of life will be held on June 19 th at 2:00 pm at Einan’s Funeral Home, 915 Bypass Highway with internment at Einan’s at Sunset. A reception is planned at the family home following the internment. The family invites you to sign their online guest book at sunsetgardenstricities.com. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Kidney Foundation at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.
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Just found out about this today. I worked with Rich in the South Columbia Basen Irr Dist. He was a great friend to my family. We loved to take him to the hockey games.
RIP my friend
So sorry for the loss of your beloved husband Rich. This is just to let you know that I’m thinking about you and extending my sympathy. If you want to talk or need a shoulder to cry on, I’m here for you, call at 544-2096.
Our condolences Nancy ,
all our love . A beautiful service .
I miss seeing Richard walking to the mailbox. I am sorry for your loss, Nancy. May he rest in peace.
Though I never knew Richard, funerals are for the living, so my message to you is that I am hoping you can remain strong and that you will derive some comfort in knowing that former colleagues like me are thinking of you in these difficult times.