Joe H. Graham

Joe H. Graham, 76, of East Dubuque, died Sunday, October 3, 2021, at his home.

Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home & Crematory.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Joe will be 10:00 am Friday, October 8, 2021, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Steve Rosonke as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Key West.

Joseph was born January 5, 1945, in Dubuque, the son of Joseph G. and Harriet (Schiltz) Graham. On May 10, 1991, he married Ruth Till in Dubuque. She died on April 8, 2007.

He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1963 and later from Loras College.

Joe was a third generation partner/owner/clothier at Graham’s Style Store from 1973-2018.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellowship, Dubuque Jaycees, Dubuque Chapter E.A.A., proud Golden Gloves boxer in  his youth, and proud of his and Ruth’s involvement in St. Anthony Haitian Twin Parish Program.

He enjoyed burning gas in all fashions: flying, boating, motorcycle rides, water skiing, and the outdoors, Frentress Lake, tinkering with boats and toy motors.

Survivors include his, children; Ben (Cindy) Graham of Dubuque, David Graham of Littleton, CO, Katie (Matt) McFadden of Dubuque; step-son, Matt (Sonja Olson) Dunphy of Vancouver, WA; nine grandchildren, Ava, Anthony, Lily, and Lucas Graham, August and Peter Graham, and Nora, Kalen, and Grayson McFadden; two brothers, Jim (Jane) Graham of Dubuque, and John (Sharon) Graham of Metamora, IL; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Graham of Dubuque; former wife and mother of his children, Mary Jo “Heidi” Tigges; numerous nieces and nephews; and many beloved Frentress Lake neighbors and friends.

Besides his wife, Ruth, he was preceded in death by his parents, son, Joseph S. Graham, step-son, Rob Dunphy and brother, Thomas E. Graham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the S.O.U.R.C.E. Endowment Fund or NAMI Dubuque.

A special thank you to all the people who have stopped by Graham’s through the years to ask “How’s Joe?”

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family by visiting Joe’s obituary at

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