Rex Clayton Graham, 94 of Warren, PA passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at Warren General Hospital at 5:40 PM on Sunday August 6, 2017.
Born January 27, 1923 to Julia Adele Bly Graham and Holcy Raymond Graham at home in Clarendon, PA. Rex went to school in Clarendon through the 8th grade and then switched to Beaty Junior High School and then Warren High School where he graduated in 1941.
After graduating High School he joined the United States Army and served with honor and distinction during WWII as a member of the Thunderbirds 45th Infantry Division, 157thInfantry Regiment, C Company as a heavy weapons specialist and also as 1st Scout of C Company.
Throughout the war Rex was a part of several major campaigns, including
· The invasion of Sicily
· The Invasions in Italy at Salerno and Anzio
· In France at Saint Maxine and Alsace-Loraine
· In Germany the campaigns to liberate Aschaffenburg, Nuremberg, and Dachau
He earned numerous medals and ribbons including the Bronze Star for valor under enemy fire.
After WWII ended he attended Watchmakers School in Pittsburgh where he met the love of his life Mary Louise Chisnell at a YMCA dance. They were married six months later and moved back to Warren.
Many will remember visiting him in his Watchmakers shop on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Hickory Street where he worked for many years, or as their School Bus driver, or as the owner and operator along with his wife Mary Lou, of Graham Tours. Rex and Mary Lou loved operating their tour company and often relayed many wonderful and fond memories of everyone they traveled with it was well loved part of their lives.
Rex is survived by 4 Sons Gary (Deborah), Robert (Rose Mary), Richard (Carol), Rex (Ivonne), 5 Grandchildren Seth, Emily, Cally, Rex and Gunnar, several nieces and nephews also survive. He will be fondly missed by all who knew him.
Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA, on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Friends may also call on Friday at First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street, Warren, PA, from 10:00am until 11:00am at which time a funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Mark E. Hecht, Senior Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Warren County Memorial Park where full military honors will be conducted by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. Funeral Honor Guard and U. S. Army personnel. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to place a memorial may do so through First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street, Warren, PA, 16365, or to Paws Along The River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA, 16365. Email condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com