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Howard Eugene Graham

March 11, 1945 — July 27, 2023


Howard Eugene Graham, age 78, passed away peacefully at Allisonville Meadows in Fishers, IN on Thursday, July 27, 2023. Born on March 11, 1945 to the late Dorsey Buford and Mary Wilda (Hedge) Graham, Howard was the last of 14 children.

Howard graduated from Turkey Run High School in 1963 where he played intramural basketball and ran cross country. He worked as a carpenter for several years after high school before hiring on at R.R. Donnelley & Sons in Crawfordsville. Howard married Rebecca Kay Goins in 1966, and they had two children together: Gretchen Louise Clore and Seth Frank Howard Graham. The couple divorced in 1990 and Howard never remarried.

In his spare time, Howard hunted, fished, read, and played cards. He was fond of movies, particularly Westerns. Howard enjoyed watching basketball, football, and baseball and appreciated the music of Nat King Cole, the Rolling Stones, Bill Withers, and Patti Page.

He was preceded in death by brothers Lester "Sonny" (Margaret), J. Richard (Sharon), Thomas (Margaret), Ernest (Sharon), Christian (Ruth), and an infant brother Charles; sisters Louise (Lloyd) Duncan, Katy (Harold) Newlin, Mary (Phillip) Zachary, and Elsie (Robert) Hatzell.

Howard is survived by a daughter, Gretchen (Derrick) Clore; a son, Seth; five grand-children: Jaydelin Gray, Zoey (Graham) Scott, Declan Lightfoot (Cal.), Kinley Clore, and Cole Clore; two brothers, Harvey (Peggy) and Robert (Doralee); and a sister, Berta Mae McAhren.

Loved ones may visit Howard at his final resting place in the Green Burial Section at Oak Hill Cemetery, 392 W Oak Hill Road, Crawfordsville, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in his memory to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Indiana (NAMI) at or Community Health Network Foundation (Hospice) at

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