Coral (Bud) Graham, 71, of Anchorage, Alaska, died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., Oct. 2, 2015.
He was born Feb. 1, 1944, on the Webber Ranch just north of Grangeville to Louis and Doris Wright Graham. He was raised in Kooskia and spent many hours hunting and fishing the Lochsa, Selway and Clearwater Rivers. Bud had a great respect for the mountains and was an avid outdoorsman.
He married Kathleen Kelley in Herron, Mich., on May 23, 1964.
Bud was a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965 and was stationed in Korea for 13 months then Wurtsmith, Mich., for more than two years. He studied aviation in Michigan and had a 35-year career in aviation as a corporate pilot and general aviation airline pilot. He flew various aircraft including Lear Jets, Cessna Citations, Saberliners, Beechcraft, Pipers and several others. Bud was chief pilot and director of operations of various general aviation companies in Alaska and finished his career as director of aviation for the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; two children, daughter, Annette of Alaska; and son, Eric of Minnesota; five grandchildren, three in Alaska and two in Minnesota; three sisters, Colleen Paul and Debra Graham of Grangeville, and Shirley Miller of Mt. Aukum, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Loris Bentz.
An announcement of a funeral for Bud will be at a later date.
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