Robert L. (Bob) Graham, 90, of Chesterfield, formerly of Anderson, passed away January 12, 2013 at his residence after an extended illness.
He was born November 17, 1922 in Anderson and resided here all of his life. He attended Anderson Schools.
In 1943 he joined the Marine Corp. and was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, Co I. On November 20, 1943 he was in the 1st wave to hit the beach at Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands know as the bloodiest battle in Marine Corp history. He was wounded and spent 10 months in the hospital receiving an Honorable Medical Discharge.
He joined the Anderson Police Dept. in 1945, being the first WWII veteran hired on the APD. He attended the Indiana University Police School, F.B.I. Seminars, State Police Seminars and a course in Police Administration at Purdue University. He was in charge of the first drill team of the APD and won several honors in parades in central Indiana.
During his years with the A.P.D., in 1955 he was working patrol with Officer Morris Carpenter. Upon stopping a suspicious car, with 3 subjects, in the area of 400 block N Main St., while Graham was searching the trunk of the car Carpenter was shot 5 times. Graham disarmed the subject, who had a gun on him, Graham returned fire. Carpenter retired from A.P.D. with disability. Both Graham and Carpenter received a Letter of Commendation from the department also a Citation for Bravery from the Chamber of Commerce and Citizens of Anderson. While on the A.P.D. Bob reached the rank of Inspector.
He was Past State President of the Indiana Fraternal Order of the Police and held positions of the State Lodge of Trustee, Conductor, Vice President and Director of Public Relations of the State FOP.
In 1967 he founded the Graham Detective Services, Inc. His company investigated cases in 43 states in the US. His company worked for the Public Defenders of Madison County Courts. Several years ago he assisted the late Attorney Don LaPierre here in Anderson on a case against attorney Melvin Belli, who was a nationally know criminal attorney from San Francisco, CA.
He was an “Award of Gold” 50 year member of the Fellowship Masonic Lodge # 681, a 50 year member of the Elk’s Lodge in Anderson, life member of the State Lodge of Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, DAV, American Legion and VFW.
He is survived by his wife Bobbie Graham; two daughters, Rise (Butch) Conn of Middletown and Tammy Casper of Alexandria; son , Robert Lance Graham of Largo, FL and his four-legged son “Booger”; step children, Jada Woods of Chesterfield and Jason (Michelle) Alder of Anderson; seven grandchildren, Allisa Williams, Ashley Jackson, Nathaniel Ryan, Gabriel Ryan, Israel Ryan, Dylan Alder and Seth Alder; two great grandchildren, Chrissy and Sam Williams; one sister-in-law, Joanne Graham of Chesterfield and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles L. and Pearl Graham; one sister, Marybelle Whetsel; one brother, Charles Graham.
The family would like to Thank Shannon Harvey from St. John’s Health for all her care and concerns.
Service will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home with Rev. Ned Clark officiating. Burial will be at Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors conducted by the VFW.
Friends may call from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Madison County Humane Society.