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June 5, 1920 - July 28, 2012 DUNCAN Donald J. Grantham, 92, of Duncan, Oklahoma, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Duncan. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1st at the First Christian Church of Duncan, OK, with the Rev. Arnold Nelson officiating, assisted by the Rev. Jennifer Steil. Interment will follow in Duncan Cemetery under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.Don was born June 5, 1920, in Houston, Texas. His parents were Jesse Beeson and Lena Eva Pierce Grantham. He attended New Mexico Military Academy in Roswell, and after graduating, he went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of Oklahoma. He served his country as a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater, making several island landings.In his youth, he took up boxing, and later won the New Mexico Golden Gloves Championship and also boxed for the Marine Corps. He later became an avid golfer and played the game his whole life.After the war, he returned to Duncan and married Patricia L. Lewis on October 10, 1946. Don owned and operated Don Grantham Funeral Home, retiring in 1982.Don is survived by his wife, Pat, of the home; three sons: Donald J. Grantham Jr. and his wife Suzy of Austin, TX; Jimmy Grantham and wife Debbie of Duncan, OK; and Mike Grantham and wife Nancy, also of Duncan. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Ellen Grantham, Mark Grantham and wife Kim, Ben Grantham, Matt Grantham and wife Abby, J.J. Grantham and wife Sally, Abby Grantham, and Ryan Grantham; and his five great-grandchildren, Chloe Grantham, Riggs Grantham, Gavan Grantham, Bo Grantham, and Will Grantham.He was preceded in death by his parents, Beeson and Lena.Pallbearers will be C.H. Barnes, Karl Jacobs, Tom Ellis, Mike Fiorillo, John Cornwell, Elmer Humphreys, and Mike Elliott.Honorary bearers will be Bill Wetzel, Bill Shelton, Rufie Benson, Dale Whipple, Kyndall Hale, Wade Williams, Kathy Rogers, and all his golf buddies.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chisholm Trail Hospice at P.O. Box 2000, Duncan, OK 73534.Online condolences may be made at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com www.granthamfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Oklahoman on July 31, 2012
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