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Leonard "Bear" Gene Graham

March 12, 1941 ~ June 11, 2021 (age 80)


Leonard G. "Bear" Graham, 80,of Sidney, Iowa entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Azria Health in Clarinda, Iowa. 

There will be a Gathering of Family and Friends on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at The Gathering Place at 609 Cass Street in Sidney, Iowa.



Leonard Gene “Bear” Graham was born on March 12, 1941, in Shenandoah, Iowa to Clarence David and Margaret Ruth (Ditmars) Graham.  Leonard entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Azria Health in Clarinda, Iowa.

Leonard’s early years were spent on the family farms near Farragut, Iowa and Sidney, Iowa.  He attended Farragut Elementary, Sunny Side Primary, Farragut High School and graduated from Sidney High School with the Class of 1960.

On June 26, 1960, he married Viola Elizabeth Mattes at the United Methodist Church, in Sidney, Iowa.  They resided on a farm between Sidney and Riverton, Iowa.  Leonard and Viola welcomed six children; sons, Mike, Mark, Terry, Andrew, and Jason; and a daughter, Lori.

Bear spent his life as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator.  He retired at the age of 62 from self-employment.  He was a member of the Sidney Boosters and of the Eagles.

He enjoyed going fishing with family as well as hunting, playing billiards and cards.

Preceding Leonard in death were his parents, Clarence, and Margaret; his brothers, Howard Graham and Don Graham; his sister, June Brown Oder; and a granddaughter, Courtney Graham.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Viola Graham; his six children, Mike (Julie) Graham, Mark (Teresa) Graham, Terry (Erika) Graham, Andrew (Melissa) Graham, Jason (Sarah) Graham and  Lori (Zach) Mueller; his brother, Fred Graham; his sister, Charlotte (Laverne) Orton; 17 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; other relatives; and many dear friends.


Condolences and Remembrances can be sent to:

C/O The Graham Family

901 Clay St.   Apt # 17

Sidney, IA 51652


Memorials are directed to: The Fremont County Reserve Deputy Association



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Visitation Memorial Gathering
June 16, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Gathering Place
609 Cass St
Sidney, IA 51652


Fremont County Reserve Deputy Association
2814 200th Street, Sidney IA 51652
Tel: 1-712-374-2424

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