Thomas “Tom” Dean Graham
February 10, 1950 ~ December 31, 2019
Thomas D. Graham, 69, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.
Memorial Services will be 10:30am, Saturday, January 4, 2020, at St Therese Catholic Church, Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at 9am. Inurnment at the State Veteran’s Cemetery will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Thomas Graham Memorial fund to be given to the State Veteran’s Cemetery.
Thomas Dean Graham was born February 10, 1950, to Fredrick and Margaret (Schaffer) Graham, in Sioux Falls. He graduated in 1969 from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD. Upon graduation he joined the US Marines and served 2 tours in Vietnam. Tom achieved the rank of Sergeant before his discharge in August 31, 1973. In 1976, along with his father, he opened Graham Salvage in a small building on E. 5th St, then expanding to N. Weber Ave in 1982, in Sioux Falls. Tom married Gina Gulbrandson in 1983. From that union, two children were born. In 1994, after the closing of Graham Salvage, he worked various jobs, including Dakota Transformer, in Flandreau, SD. He considered that one of his greatest accomplishments in turning the business around and making it successful.
Tom used his retirement years spending any available moment with his grandchildren, whether it be swimming, the zoo, or the park. He could be found frequently at the softball diamonds cheering on his oldest granddaughters’ team. He was known to be a kind man, funny and very family oriented. Tom also enjoyed golf, fishing and playing a game of cribbage. He really enjoyed telling stories, whether true or not, that was for him to know and for you to guess.
Tom will be deeply missed by his children, Tabitha King, Sioux Falls and her children, Logan, Makenna, Raegan, Landon, and Gracelyn; and Cody Graham, Sioux Falls, and his son, Jovaun; and five siblings; Carol Graham, Paso Robles, CA, Jack (Toan) Graham, Sioux City, IA, Susan (Jerry) Henne, Jasper, MN, Teresa (Dennis) Kaarup, Sioux Falls, and Cynthia Beynon, Sioux Falls; many other nieces, nephews and extended family.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, LeAnn Skaff; and one grandson, Reilly Johnson.