Michael Averell Graham
May 25, 1967 - March 27, 2015
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Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Tuesday 3/31, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952
Tuesday 3/31, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

LDO Captain Michael Averell Graham, age 47, of Hortonville, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 27, 2015. Michael was born on May 25, 1967 to George and Mary (Bell) Graham. He attended Bay Springs High School in Mississippi. On December 24, 1999 he was united in marriage to Mary Pat Rausch. Captain Graham enjoyed cooking,…

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MGySgt William H, Ellis JR. left a message on April 20, 2015:

I am so sorry to be just finding out about Mike. He is a young Man that I admired greatly. With two great daughter that both my wife and myself hold great affection for.

To his parent, it was both an honor and a privilege to have serve with your son. To Nikita and Mashawn we truly feel your pain!!

Bill & Merlin

MGySgt William H, Ellis JR. (USMC Retired)

quita left a message on April 3, 2015:

it's still hard for me to believe .Mike and I grew up together .I remember a lot of things we did as kids.we finally saw each other after many years .I got to meet his daughters which are my 2 nd cousins and some of his grandchildren.I'll miss you.love you always.Quita

Kelly Burke left a message on March 31, 2015:

Prayers to his family. Growing up in 29 Palms, I was always good friends with his girls. Such a loving and caring man. Rest in peace.

Susan Calderon left a message on March 31, 2015:

My heart and prayers are with all of you, Graham family. May God's Holy Spirit provide all your needs at this time and always. I love you all.

james sams left a message on March 31, 2015:

I lost a brother and am very saddened by this. Mike was more than a friend o our family. We will miss him dearly. Mashawn and Nikita we love you and always will. Your dad was the best and a true friend. R.I.P. my brother

James and Maggie Sams

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Carlotta Pritchett left a message on March 30, 2015:

To the Graham family, Wishing you comfort in your time of sorrow, may you find peace in the knowledge that your loved one lives on and will love you forever. On behalf of the Freeman and Goodman family you are always in our prayers and thoughts.

Jason T. Ford left a message on March 30, 2015:

Mike was a CWO when I was a brand new Lieutenant at 3d LAR. I remember him very specifically even though it has been almost 12 years since I last spoke with him. He made a point to call me by my first name and ask me to join him for a beer. I remember it as if it were yesterday. He was the first experienced Marine in the Bn that talked to me like a peer. It had a very welcoming feeling, and is an example that pops into my head when I think of the brotherhood that Marines share. I can only imagine this level of sincerity as a father and husband must have been truly wonderful. I am deeply sorry for your loss, and I hope the memory of your Marine and how many he touched in his life assuages some of your pain.

Semper Fidelis,
Jason T. Ford
Maj USMC

MaShawn left a message on March 30, 2015:

Thank you Marines for your kind words and memories with my dad. It brings a warm feeling to my heart and happiness to know how good of a Marine my dad was. He was a great true inspirational leader that I hope I can be one day- so that he can look down on me from heaven and be proud. All I ever wanted was to make him proud.I Love you dad, a part of my heart has went to heaven. I hope I get to salute you again one day.

Your Daughter,
MaShawn Graham
SSgt, USAF

MGySgt Steve T Rodriguez left a message on March 29, 2015:

Mike you will be missed and forever loved. Thank you for your patient guidance and wisdom, always reminding me to first seek to understand... Semper Fidelis, my brother, MGySgt Steve Rodriguez

Jaedys Ruff Ryder left a message on March 29, 2015:

My sincerest condolences goes out to the Graham family. Captain Graham was so cool, and very much respected. I am glad to have met and served with him in 3rd LAR Comm plt.
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Brad Amon left a message on March 29, 2015:

Our deepest sympathy to the family. RIP Marine we will take it from here. It was both an honor and pleasure to have served with such a fine leader of Marines and Man. GySgt Brad Amon USMC Ret.

Stephen Donelson left a message on March 29, 2015:

Prayers for your family. Mike and I served together in 3rd LAR. He had a great sense of humor, was loyal to his men and was a good friend. He helped me with a problem I had when I retired. I hope knowing how loved and respected he was brings you some comfort and peace. God bless and Semper Fidelis brother.

MGySgt Stephen Donelson.

John left a message on March 29, 2015:

My condolences to the family. Mike was a fine Marine and an extraordinary man! It was an honor to have served with him. He will be missed.

MIke Starling left a message on March 29, 2015:

I also met him in the Wolfpack for OIF 1. A true Marine, true professional, and true gentleman which impressed and inspired his fellow man. He is the caliber of man of which this world needs more. Selfishly, he has left us too early. Spiritually, his work was done and he rests now in a better place. Fair winds and following seas! May all feel God usher us through this time of loss, especially his family.

Willie & Carolyn Stigler left a message on March 29, 2015:

When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. When your hearts are empty, filling them with those happy memories can help you find your smile. You have our thoughts and prayers. Willie & Carolyn Stigler

Paul D. Johnis left a message on March 29, 2015:

RIP Mike. Condolences to the family and may the find comfort with family and friends. Ronald Reagan once said: “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.” You don't have that problem. Mike, you left your mark in this world and in our Corps. YOU made a difference. Fair winds and following seas. Rest easy with brothers and sisters. Semper fidelis.
Paul D. Johnis
MGySgt - USMC (Ret.)

Stacy Clardy left a message on March 29, 2015:

Mary Pat and family,

Alison and i were so sorry to hear about Mike. He was one of the finest Marines and men I have known. He was selfless in service to his country and Corps, loyal and dedicated to his many friends, and completely devoted to and proud of his family. Mike loved you all so. Anyone who was fortunate to know Mike could not help to draw close and share in his passion for life and enthusiasm for accomplishing the task at hand. I was fortunate to serve with Mike in peace and war and witnessed his exceptional professionalism, "can do" attitude, and warrior spirit. I was honored to call him my friend. I will miss him. You are all in our prayers.

Aways faithful,
Stacy Clardy
Major General,

United States Marine Corps
Commanding General, 3d Marine Division

tony fernandez left a message on March 29, 2015:

Mike, my Brother from another Mother, my confidant....my friend. I will always remember our talks, your laugh and your devotion to the Marine Corps. I will never forget what we did in Iraq during the push into Baghdad in'03 nor the many laughs and stories we shared since then. Semper Fi my friend, heaven is safer now that you've reported in. God bless you and your family.
Tony Fernandez
CWO-4 USMC (retired)

Ann-Marie Furlane left a message on March 29, 2015:

Dear Mary Pat and family,
We are very saddened to hear of Mike's passing. We enjoyed many laughs and great times together while serving with 3d Lar. Mike was my ally and partner in crime. We shared many glasses of "ice creme" together while training in Bridgeport. Mike was a dedicated father, husband and Marine. He will be missed by all who knew him. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Marty & Ann-Marie Furlane

Graham Family left a message on March 29, 2015:

Carmelo, this is the family of CAPT. Mike Graham, please contact us, we have some questions about our dad. Thank you. [email protected]

Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Graham Family left a message on March 29, 2015:

Col Sellers, this is the family of CAPT. Mike Graham, please contact us, we have some questions about our dad. Thank you.

[email protected]

Carmelo Rosario left a message on March 29, 2015:

Great American and a great Marine, may God have him and take care of his Family. 3rd LAR Marines.

Cesar and Shelley Rodriguez left a message on March 29, 2015:

Mary Pat and children, Cesar and I are so saddened to learn of Mike's passing. We lived next door to you in 29 Palms and could not have asked for better neighbors; we fondly remember Mike as someone who always helped us out and was so friendly - we are thinking of each of you and praying for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

John D. Irwin GySgt USMC Ret. left a message on March 28, 2015:

Mike, your humor and wit will be deeply missed. May you rest in peace beside our lord. Until we meet again. Semper Fi, John Irwin GySgt USMC Ret.

Hal Sellers left a message on March 28, 2015:

Mike, It was my honor and privilege to serve with such a fine man and Marine. I will never forget our time together in 3d LAR and OIF I. I will miss you my friend. Your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Semper Fi! Hal Sellers, Col USMC

Lee Buerkle left a message on March 28, 2015:

Mike was a special person that could make anyone smile with just a simple comment. An outstanding Marine and human being. You will be missed my brother. Protect those streets of heaven, I will join you eventually. Semper Fi.

Freddie J Jordan left a message on March 28, 2015:

In this time of sadness, I pray that Mike's family will find comfort in God, and reflect on all the wonderful times you all shared together. as a family. I remember the many talks the two of us would have and how we would laugh and enjoy our time going down memory lane. You will be missed my brother.

Roy Hessner left a message on March 28, 2015:

My condolences To Mike's entire family. His wise counsel and assistance helped shaped my career and got me where I am today. Semper Fi Leatherneck, you are relieved of the watch here on earth and are now posted on the golden streets of Heaven.

Jim Sweeney left a message on March 28, 2015:

Mike was my friend and a damned fine boss to work for. I\'ll miss him. Mary Pat, you and the girls have my sincere condolences.

Shawn Gates left a message on March 28, 2015:

My prayer and condolences to Marry Pat and the rest of Mike's family. May God bless you and help you through this time of sadness. I remember the many talks Mike and I had about growing up in Mississippi and Louisiana and the sausages and RC cola we shared off the back of our truck in Iraq. Mike was a good friend, an excellent mentor, and a great all around guy. Mike, you will be missed by many. Rest in Peace Brother.

Bill Traquair left a message on March 28, 2015:

Mike and went Warrant Officer school together and were in Okinawa at the same time. Gramt friend and Marine. I will miss his laugh and sense of humor.

Chris Diederich left a message on March 28, 2015:

My condolences to the family. Mike and I served together at ELMACO in the late 1990's. Fine man and a fine Marine. Rest in peace.

Horace Bashor left a message on March 28, 2015:

Rest in Peace Sir. I pray that Mary Pat and his family find peace in the joy he brought during his life. Reading the previous entries in this guest book are a testament to the amazing man he is. Semper Fidelis and another Marine reporting Sir. Horace Bashor MGySgt (Ret.)

Kevin Wood left a message on March 28, 2015:

Mike, You were an incredible Marine and friend. When I think back to my NCO days, you were always there... I remember your motivating cadence and your inspiring attitude. Semper Fi brother. Kevin Wood MGySgt USMC Ret.

Kirk Martin left a message on March 28, 2015:

Mike was such a nice guy. Kathie and I pray the good Lord comfort Mary Pat and the family. Semper Fi brother, and thank you for your service.

Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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