Marlyn Eugene Graham


June 22, 1929 - April 28, 2011




Marlyn E. Graham was born June 22, 1929, at Osmond, NE, to Milford and Kathryn (Cassidy) Graham. He graduated from Burke High School, where he participated in football, basketball and track. He attended South Dakota State University, in Brookings, where he was on the Jackrabbit Track Team and was a member of ROTC. He graduated from the SDSU School of Pharmacy in 1952. On August 10, 1952, he married Mary Lou Schrank in Luverne, MN. He served in the US Army at Fort Lewis, WA, from 1954 until 1956, as a First Lieutenant in the Pharmacy Medical Unit. He moved to Mitchell in 1956, where he was employed at Scallin Drug. In 1958, he built Mitchell Clinic and Graham Pharmacy in Mitchell, where he was a pharmacist for over 30 years. Upon retirement, he enjoyed traveling to many tropical areas with Mary Lou and golfing with his friends. He was a member of the Corn Palace Shrine Club and the Shrine Circus committee, South Dakota Pharmacy Association, and a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church. Although Marly had many successes throughout his life, one of his most cherished accomplishments was being a part of founding a fishing camp at Keefe Lake in northern Saskatchewan. He found this to be a place where he could enjoy all of the things he loved – friends, family and the outdoors.

He is survived by two sons, Mark Graham and Tami of Mitchell, Mike Graham and wife, Cindy of Alexandria, one daughter, Marcy Jones and husband, Wayne of Mitchell; five grandchildren: Tara Turner and her husband, Trae, Katy Jones, Tyler Graham and his wife, Jennifer, Lacey Musick and her husband, Kyle and Cassidy Graham and two great-grandchildren, Payton and Charlie Musick. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou in 2005 and his parents.



Sunday, May 1, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, May 2, 2011
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 North Duff
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Sue Vander Heiden on May 3, 2011
Marly was one of the best. He could always make you laugh no matter how bad of a day you were having. I have and will continue to miss him..He is where he wants to be now. There with your mother..Know that I will think of him often and remember all of the the fun things he used to say and do..My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Nancy Barnhart Strickland on May 3, 2011
In fond remembrance. Marly touched the lives of many with his wit and warmth. My world is a better place for having known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
Posted by Charla Cope, Montrose SD on May 2, 2011
All the years I lived in Mitchell, my family went to Mitchell Clinic and always got our prescriptions at Graham Pharmacy, their fast, speedy, friendly, caring service from Marlyn and Mark. May Marlyn rest in God's eternal peace.
Posted by Dan & Gretchen (Gere) Elston on May 2, 2011
We always enjoyed spending time with Marly at the "Sunday Night Dinner Club", he will be greatly missed. Peaches & Pepper are going to wonder what happened to the great guy who always fed them people food under the table!
Posted by heidi satterlee barnhouse on May 2, 2011
Mark, Marcy,Mike and Family- so sorry to hear about Marly. he was a good funny man to talk with. he will be truly missed by many. my deepest sympathies.... Heidi Satterlee Barnhouse and family
Posted by Ken and Jo Harman, Omaha,NE on May 1, 2011
We enjoyed a lot of good times with Marlyn and his Mother and
Father growing up in Burke,SD. Our sincere sympathy in your loss
Posted by Bill Schrank on May 1, 2011
Mark, Marcy, Mike and Families,
Marlyn always made me laugh. He was quick with the wit. And I wasn't sure if he was being serious with me or sarcastic. Some of my best childhood memories are spending time at the lake with all of you, but with "Mar" pushing me to try something new - skiing, tubing, riding the mini-bike, or just eating something Mary had prepared. In your grief, know that Marlyn made an impression and difference in my life and with others. May you feel God's peace and comfort. Bill Schrank
Posted by Sandra Dyer on April 30, 2011
I am truly sorry for your loss. Our loving creator has provided hope and comfort to help us through such difficult times. Isiah 33:24 promises a time when "no resident will say "I am sick".....John 5: 28,29 promises a resurrection.... Rev. 21:4 promises a time when there will be no pain, outcry or even death......The time will soon come when these scriptures will be fulfilled. In the meantime hold on to the memories of your loved one and prepare yourselves that you may be there to greet them when the time comes.
Posted by Becky Holtan on April 30, 2011
I am so sorry we won't be able to make it to the funeral. Your Dad was a very special uncle. I cherish all the fun times we had with him and your mom over the years. So many wonderful memories.
I know these last years without Aunt Mary were difficult for him so he is happy to be joining her now. That has to bring some peace.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Art and Becky
Posted by Bob Schrank on April 30, 2011
Our sympathies to all of you. Know that you are in our thoughts.
Bob & Laura Schrank and family
Posted by Nancy Puetz Rissky on April 30, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. He was truly a special man and now he is at peace.
Posted by Susan Collins on April 30, 2011
Just know we all are thinking of you during this tough time...Your father was a very special friend to all of us...He was just what the doctor order for my dad.... We will miss our visits with him deeply....Just know he is in a better place and looking down on you all.....Our deepest sympathies.... Collins Family
Posted by Paula Hunstad on April 29, 2011
Our deepest sympathies to the Graham family. We meet Marly while he was a resident at Golden Living. He was a quick witted man who could always make you laugh. He will be missed by many. Just won't be the same not seeing him out on the porch with his orange mad bomber hat! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Paula Tobin Hunstad and family
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