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MADISON, Ind. – Graham Dwight Heath, 83, of Madison died Friday, July 11, 2008, at the Waters of Clifty Falls, Madison, Ind.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive, Madison, with the Revs. John Scudder and Randy Jungkurth officiating. Full military honors will be conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.
Mr. Heath was born, Aug. 15, 1924, in Brooksburg, Ind., to the late Orville Howard and Cornelia Joyce Heath. He was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War II, rising to the rank of technician three. In 1946, he married Hazel Jane Barnes.
He was a racing enthusiast who started rebuilding and competing in Model T Ford races at the age of 12. He worked in autobody and fender repair for M.W. Risk and Sons of Madison for 27 years, and worked on many racing-boat teams. He eventually became the mechanic for the first Miss Madison hydroplane racing team, which took fifth place in its first race at the 1961 Detroit Memorial Regatta. He remained involved in racing for many years and was a race historian and memorabilia collector throughout his life.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Beverly Ann (Tom) Ringwald of Madison and Deborah Sue (Kelvin) Diershaw of Colleyville, Texas; three sisters, Mary Ward Benham of Madison, Marjorie Ruth (Robert) Underwood of Versailles, Ind., and Phyllis (M. Edward) Taylor of Canaan, Ind.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Injured Driver’s Fund of North United Methodist Church; contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s Web site, www.morgan-nay.com.