Richard 'Lee' Graham, 72, of Penrose, Colo. died from Alzheimer's on April 20, 2006, in Canon City, Colo. Survived by his wife, Kathleen Graham of the family home; children, Alan (Susan) Graham of Morton, Illinois and Steven (Julie) Graham of Aloha, Oregon; and grandchildren, Kirsten and Joshua Graham. Lee is also survived by the mother of his children, Diane Graham. Lee was born on January 20, 1934, in Selden, Kansas and adopted by Claude and Elva Graham. He joined the army where he became a cook and he enjoyed cooking his whole life. Lee received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He spend over 35 years in public education in Pueblo District #60 and Custer County Schools where he was a principal for the last nine of those years before retiring in 1994. Lee was a brilliant historian and an avid baseball fan. He played semi-pro baseball for the Denver Bears as a first-baseman. He was a life member of B.P.O. Elks #90, National Education Association and a member of Silver State Lodge #95 A.F. & A. M. At his request there will be no viewing or service. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. In lieu of food and flowers, those who desire may make memorials to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice of Cañon City through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, *****

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  1. Kathleen, I remember you both as a positive influence and role models for my life. My thoughts are with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help.


  2. Dear Kathleen,

    Just knowing Lee was a privilege we will always cherish. He will always be in our hearts as his sister and brother-in-law and his friend.

    I know that your life with Lee was very full. We were very glad to have been a part of it.

    Thinking about your life with Lee inspired me to write this little poem.

    I will always be there, when you take that leisurely walk

    I will always be there, when you need to talk

    I will always be there, as a brief reminder of what we had

    I will always be there, so never be sad

    Mike and Marie

  3. Mrs. Graham, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Graham. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  4. Kathleen, my prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. I know that your wonderful years and many memories with Lee will help you through this trying time. Pat

  5. Kathleen: Thank you for allowing me to be a part of Lee’s last days and hours. I feel blessed to have & feel the closeness that has developed between us. Love, Marie

  6. Dear Kathleen,
    Again I wish to tell you how sorry I am about your husband’s death. I pray
    that God blesses you always and aids
    you through your days.
    Take Care,

  7. Dear Kathleen,
    Again I wish to tell you how sorry I am about your husband’s death. I pray
    that God blesses you always and aids
    you through your days.
    Take Care,

  8. Kathleen and Lee’s Sons,
    May God be with you during this time of loss. Lee was such a fine gentleman and you all have to be very proud to have been a part of his life. He will be missed by all of us. He is a great loss to our community and our country. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Bev Palmer

  9. I’m a graduate of Custer County High School and had Mr. Graham as my Government teacher my senior year. Having been in trouble most of the eight years I attended school there, we had our battles. However, he instilled in me an interest in Government that led to a degree in Political Science. I grew to deeply respect him. He was an outstanding teacher, one of the few I hold in that regard from CCHS. My condolences to his family.

  10. Kathleen,

    Just wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish we would have had the opportunity to get to know Lee better.I know what a wonderful lady you are and I wish you nothing but peace and happiness. If there is anything we can do to help please do not hesitate to call.
    Michelle And Majid

  11. Kathleen – Just wanted to let you know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May God surround you with His love and provide you comfort.
    Steve, Glenda, Stephanie & Steven Shannon

  12. Hi, Kathy,
    I’m so sorry that Lee went at such a young age. I remember how helpful he was at East–always being sure that a documentary film got to your classroom on the exact day.
    His amiable nature was welcomr and treasured.
    With sincere sympathy. Joy Vining

  13. Dear Steve,
    Very sorry to read about the loss of your father. I hope you and yours are well. My dad remembers that he and Diane were good friends of theirs while they were growing up in high school. Memories can be beautiful. Love to all. God be with you.
    The Frantz family, Robert O. and Jeannette

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