Joseph Graham


Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2004

Former Juneau resident Joseph Graham, 55, died March 7, 2004, at his home in Bellingham, Wash., after a short battle with cancer.

He was born April 1, 1948, in San Diego, Calif. He graduated from El Cajon Valley High School and served in Vietnam from 1967-69, when he was honorably discharged with two Purple Hearts.

After serving in the Army, he moved to Alaska to work in the commercial fishing industry. He worked on the Alaska pipeline, was harbormaster in Cordova and Juneau, and retired from city government as port director in Juneau in 2003.

He was a longtime member of the Elks Lodge, VFW, Moose Lodge and the American Legion. He was an accomplished artist, and he enjoyed gardening, hiking, music, world history, community service and computers.

His family wrote, "Joe was a wonderful friend to many and will be greatly missed by all."

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and Joseph Graham Sr.; brothers, Edward Graham and Norman Bucholtz.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Lisa Graham of Bellingham, Wash.; step-sons Josh (Shawn) Herschleb of Anchorage, Alec Herschleb of Eugene, Ore.; step-daughter, Kaisa Herschleb of Eugene, Ore.; brother, Gene (Karen) Bucholtz of La Mesa, Calif.; and sister, Marianne Buse of Corona, Calif.; and numerous nephews, nieces and in-laws.

He was cremated and a memorial service will be held this summer in Cordova, where his ashes will be scattered.

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