Juniata resident Clifford K. “Pete” Graham, 90, passed away on Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 at Premier Estates, Kenesaw, Nebraska.
Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home and Cremation Center is serving the family. Memorial Services will be at a later date at Livingston Butler Volland Chapel in Hastings. Memorial gifts will be given to the Asera Care Trees in Memory program.
Pete was born May 1, 1932 in Ayr, Nebraska to Clifford and Mildred (Roberts) Graham. He graduated from Juniata High School in 1950. He married Helen K. Beitler on August 24, 1952 in Cowles, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on December 28, 2021.
Pete served in the Army National Guard for 32 years. He got to know many people through the Guard. Years later, wherever he went he would see people who still remembered enjoying his company while they served together. Pete farmed in the Juniata area for many years. He was a member of the Juniata Community Church and the Juniata Lions Club.
His hobbies were wood working, tinkering with anything he could get his hands on always wondering how things worked, and reading books about history and geography. He rode in the Pony Express Reride in the 1960 Centennial Celebration. He also enjoyed playing the fiddle, horses and rodeo, and building things from scratch. The only thing he was bad at was telling jokes, but that didn’t stop him from trying.
“Papa” Pete’s greatest joy was watching his eight grandchildren grow up and having his 16 great grandchildren around him.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; son-in-law, Marlyn Bates; granddaughter, Kathryn Schutte; and five brothers and five sisters.
Children & Spouses:
Cindy & Rodney Schutte – Juniata, NE
Patty Bates – Juniata, NE
Rick Graham – Ashland, OR
Tim & Terri Graham – Hastings, NE
Grandchildren & Spouses:
Ryan & Amy Schutte
Matthew & Emily Schutte
Chris & Stacy Bates
Ben & Emily Graham
Barrett & Nicola Graham