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Obituary for Delbert E. Graham

Delbert E. Graham, retired chemistry and physics teacher at Northfield High School, passed away from complications of Corticobasal Degeneration or (CBD) on February 20, 2019, at Northfield Hospital Long Term Care at the age of 78. Delbert was born November 16, 1940, the son of Lloyd and Veneta (Walker) Graham in Cedaredge, Colorado. He attended a one-room school house in Vilas, Colorado before moving with his family to Gem, Kansas. Delbert later graduated from Gem, Kansas High School. He furthered his education at Huntington College in Indiana where he worked as a printer at Sealtest Ice Cream Company (now Breyer’s) […]

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Delbert E. Graham, retired chemistry and physics teacher at Northfield High School, passed away from complications of Corticobasal Degeneration or (CBD) on February 20, 2019, at Northfield Hospital Long Term Care at the age of 78.

Delbert was born November 16, 1940, the son of Lloyd and Veneta (Walker) Graham in Cedaredge, Colorado. He attended a one-room school house in Vilas, Colorado before moving with his family to Gem, Kansas. Delbert later graduated from Gem, Kansas High School. He furthered his education at Huntington College in Indiana where he worked as a printer at Sealtest Ice Cream Company (now Breyer’s) in order to pay for college. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Education. While in college, he met Carole Shoemaker and the couple was married on July 28, 1962. The couple made their home in Wabash, Indiana where he taught for the Northfield School district. Delbert was determined to earn his Master’s degree but had little money. He was awarded a science grant and attended school at the University of Kansas, Carleton College and St. Olaf College before going to Grand Forks at UND where he received his Master’s. In 1972, the couple moved to Northfield, Minnesota where he began teaching at the junior high. When there was an opening at the high school for a chemistry and physics teacher, Delbert jumped at the position and continued teaching until his retirement in 2001.

Delbert enjoyed the challenges and joys of teaching. He also enjoyed ice fishing and remote-controlled airplanes. Delbert and Carole enjoyed traveling out West to National Parks. Delbert was very close with his children. He loved the outdoors and taking his children canoeing to the Boundary Waters.

He is survived by his wife Carole; a daughter Tina (Jim) Makitalo of Duluth; son Kenneth (Michelle) of Menomonie, WI; two grandchildren Cassandra and Kevin; a great grand-daughter Annabelle; and two brothers Gary (Alice) in Tennessee; and Billy (Helen) of Manhattan, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Doreen.

Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home & Crematory, www.biermanfuneralhome.com

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6 Comments

  1. Laura McCracken

    I truly enjoyed caring for this man. He was my Three Stooges buddy..I would leave my phone with him, playing the Three Stooges, and I think he enjoyed listening. Even after he was unable to verbally communicate, I never stopped talking to him, non stop usually, and laughing while I spent time with him. He always made my day happy when I would take care of him. He will be very missed.

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  2. Kris Thorsheim

    Mr.Graham was a fantastic teacher, unforgettable!!
    My condolences to his family.

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  3. Charlie Black

    Del was a wonderful colleague. He has left behind the greatest of legacies in the lives of all of his students. He also taught me so much about our profession. As one of his students posted, (I paraphrase) never forgotten; loved forever.

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  4. Dave Hudson

    Mr. Graham was one of those teachers who was respected by his students while respecting them right back. I had the chance to get to know him a little as an adult while playing music at the Northfield Hospital Long-Term Care Unit. Always a highlight! He WILL be missed!

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  5. Andy Matson

    Good teacher, one of the Northfield classics. Condolences to the family.
    Andy Matson 1994

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  6. Mary Langan

    Mr Graham was an amazing teacher!!! A very very kind man!!! I remember how kind he was to everybody. We will miss you!

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