Logan 'Max' Graham Jr. -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- A memorial service for Logan "Max" Graham Jr. is 7 p.m. today at Landkamer-Johnson-Boman Funeral Home in Mankato, with Chaplain Jim Dye officiating. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Wednesday.

Mr. Graham, 85, of Mankato, formerly of Rochester, died Friday (April 5, 2002) at Oaklawn Health Care in Mankato.

He was born Oct. 15, 1916, in Rochester and married Marie Ellen Hanson on Dec. 31, 1934, in Rochester. Before World War II, he was a professional boxer, served in the Minnesota National Guard and wrestled professionally under the name Bobby O'Brien. During the war, he served in the Marines in the Pacific and after his discharge in May 1946, he was police chief in Wells, Minn., for 10 years. In 1954, he graduated from FBI Police Academy in Quantico, Va. He was a juvenile probation officer in Faribault and Martin counties for a year and then was an investigator for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for 23 years until his retirement in 1980. Mr. Graham was stationed in Thief River Falls, Minn., from 1958 to 1965, then in Mankato until 1970 and again in Thief River Falls until his retirement to Springsteel Island in Warroad, Minn. He was an instructor and assistant director of state police schools, was active in the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, and was a member of the Thief River Falls VFW and Eagles and the Warroad American Legion. He enjoyed fishing and making lures.

Survivors include a son, Gordon (Donna) of Mankato; four grandsons; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Lee (Shirley) of Rochester; and a sister, Margaret Eddy of Sikeston, Mo. His wife and a brother preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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