“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Today we honor the life and legacy of Firefighter Robert Michael “Mike” Graham. Mike was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday, February 16, 1971. He celebrated his 50th birthday earlier this year. Michael's wife and adult children were by his side when he took his final breath in Oklahoma City on Friday, June 18, 2021. He will be laid to rest at Green Acres Memorial Gardens in Collinsville.
Michael graduated from Owasso High School before attending Roger State University and receiving an intermediate EMT, emergency medical technician, certification. He started his brave Firefighting career June 1, 1999. Michael retired from the Broken Arrow Fire Department at the rank of firefighter in June 1, 2020. He was admired by his fellow Firefighter brothers and sisters for his compassion, humility, sense of humor, loyalty and values. He spent over 25 years caring for his hometown communities in emergency services, including his time as a volunteer Firefighter for Limestone Protection District and CARE Ambulance for several years.
“When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.” Edward F. Crocker
Michael is survived by his best friend, soulmate, and wife, Kimberly M. Graham, BSN, MS, RN of Owasso. They lived their love story for 26 years, 8 months, 10 days.
Michael & Kimberly were blessed with a beautiful family. Daughter Adrienne Nicole Graham Orcutt, her husband Kyle, and their sons Liam and soon arriving Hunter. Son Firefighter Robert Jacob Graham, his wife Hannah, and their son, Robert Killian. Mike was a proud Daddy of his children. He adored their spouses. He loved his role as grandparent with his favorite title of “Poppa G”.
Additionally, Michael is survived by his Mother Martha Ann Stone Graham of Skiatook. Teresa Russell, aunt. Jimmy Russell, cousin. Jeremy Russell, cousin. Jessie Russell, cousin. Stacie Russell, cousin. Virginia Foshee, aunt. Mary Martin, aunt. Amber Franks, cousin. Michael was preceded in death by his father Robert Donald Graham of Owasso. All of these he loved and touched deeply.
Michael lived a life full love, travel and adventures. He had a very successful and honorable career. He loved OU football. He was known as “Mr. Fix It”. He loved his motorcycle, loud pipes and a wide-open road. He loved his pets: Penny, Marley & Hammie. Most of all he loved and admired his devoted family, supportive extended family, wonderful friends and brave firefighter brothers and sisters.
Mike will be dearly missed, forever in our hearts, and never forgotten.
We all love you, Michael. Hold the rope until we see each other again.
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