George Alan Graf

George Alan GrafGeorge Alan Graf, 84, beloved husband, dad and grandpaw passed away from heart failure at his home in Woodburn, Ore., with his family by his side on April 15, 2020. He was born to George and Velma (Lincks) Graf in Van Buren, Ark., on February 13, 1936. George grew up in Van Buren and graduated in 1954 from Van Buren High School.

Following high school, George enlisted in the US Army and was stationed for three years in Japan as a military photographer. In 1959 he was honorably discharged in Yuma, Ariz., where he met and married his first wife, Antoinette Tracy. The couple had three children; Mitchel, Melissa, and Jeffrey.

While working full time as a contractor for the Naval Weapons Center, George attended Cerro Coso Community College where he obtained his Associates Degree and was on the Dean’s List both years. In 1971, George converted to Civil Service where he worked as a technician in a position which sent him on travel all over the world.

In 1978 he married June (Graham) Graf and they made their home in Ridgecrest with her son Patrick. In 1993, just prior to his retirement, he received the Technical Directors Award. Then in 1994 the couple moved to George’s hometown of Van Buren to be closer to his mother and brother and where George and June enjoyed volunteering at the Gospel Rescue Mission. He enjoyed many outdoor activities that included fishing, hunting, gardening and watching the Arkansas Razorbacks.

In 2010, George and June moved to Oregon to be near to his children and their families. His biggest passion was for his seven grandchildren.

George is survived by his wife, June; son Mitchel (Tami) and their children, Jaycee, Colton and Sierra Graf (Canby, Ore.); his daughter Melissa Ann Papp and her two children, Gianna and Tyler (Oregon City, Ore.); his son Jeffrey (Stephenie) and their daughter Dylan James Graf (Portland, Ore.); and Patrick Adams and his son Carsten (Arkansas). He is also survived by his two nieces; Mary Allison Hopkins (Dwight) and their son Aaron and their grandson Elijah (Van Buren); and Heather Rania Garrett and her sons Christian and Caleb, and grandson Grayson (Van Buren). He was proceeded in death by his parents George and Velma Graf; Aunt Wilma and Floyd Hinton; Uncle Billy Don Lincks; and his brother Jimmy Joe Graf.

A memorial graveside service with military honors is planned for a later date at the Willamette National Cemetery.

— Submitted by the family of George Graf

Story First Published: 2020-06-26