Rexford C. ‘Rex’ Graham
GLADSTONE – Rexford C. “Rex” Graham, 80, of 206 S. 3rd St., Gladstone, passed away Friday afternoon, May 3, 2013, at the Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.
Rex was born Aug. 12, 1932, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of Bert and Lillie (Lowes) Graham. He was raised on the family farm in Davisburg, Mich. He later went on to work for Haskins-Rademacher Chevrolet where he worked in the auto body repair shop. In 1968, Rex relocated to Gladstone where he owned and operated the Kipling Bar until 1973 when he sold the business. He returned to the auto body repair business, working for Jerry’s Auto Sales in Escanaba and Fred Sebeck Auto Sales in Gladstone. He later owned and operated Mars Detail Shop in Gladstone until his retirement.
Following his retirement, Rex and Marlene served as campground hosts at Pete’s Lake Campground and later at the Au Train Campground.
Rex was a 25-year member of the Gladstone Post 71 Sons of the American Legion. In the 50s and 60s he raced Super Modified and Super Stock racecars in the ARCA circuit. He later became a fan of NASCAR. His other hobbies included camping and visiting with his friends at the Gladstone American Legion.
In addition to his wife Marlene, who he was united in marriage to on April 4, 1974, survivors include: three sons, Lawrence (Donna) Graham of Hollsopple, Pa., Steve Graham of Gladstone, and Jeffrey (Theresa) Graham of Eustis, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Maria (Justin) Graham-Shaulis, Michael (Kelly) Graham, Elizabeth Graham, Jennifer Graham, Catherine Graham, Emily (Bruce) Parker and Daniel Graham; 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
In addition to his parents, his son, Daniel in 2006 and his brother, Donald, preceded Rex in death.
Rex’s family will receive friends on Monday, May 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone.
Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with his brother-in-law, Ike “Gerald” Micheau, officiating. Burial will follow at the Rapid River Cemetery. Luncheon will follow at the Gladstone American Legion Post.
The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the Graham family. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Graham family.