Paul Richard “Stumpy” Graham, 78, of Annville, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey. The cause of death was a full life and a weakened heart.
Stumpy, as he was known to all, was born at the Lebanon Sanitorium in Lebanon, PA, to the late Eugene and Grace (Yorty) Graham.
As a child, he attended a one-room schoolhouse in Ono, PA, following which he went to the “big city” of Annville for middle and high school.
After graduating from Annville-Cleona High School, he began working for his father’s lime and stone hauling business, which he would later buy and grow into Graham Supply Company, Inc. In addition to owning several businesses, he had been a truck driver for UPS, a realtor, a transportation manager for Bell & Evans, and a clerk at Paul Kettering’s sporting goods store in Annville. Stumpy was also a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves.
He was a lifetime member of the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited and a member of the Susquehannock Fly Fishers. He was also a member of the Lebanon County Shrine Club.
In his spare time, Stumpy enjoyed helping his friends, over-engineering solutions to everyday problems, and searching farm stands across the Commonwealth for the perfect tomato. He also took pleasure in fishing with his buddies, reading in his recliner, taking care of his home and yard, and doting on his granddaughter.
He is survived by his son, Matthew R. (Tara) Graham; granddaughter, Grace U. Graham; and siblings, Dorcas Walton, Charlotte Folmer, and Eugene Graham.
A burial will be held privately. A remembrance and celebration will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trout Unlimited.