Roy "Bill" William Graffis

22 December 1931–4 July 2014 (Age 82)
Omak, Okanogan, Washington, United States

The Life of Roy "Bill" William

When Roy "Bill" William Graffis was born on 22 December 1931, in Omak, Okanogan, Washington, United States, his father, Howard Welty Graffis, was 24 and his mother, Mary Jane Caldwell, was 20. He lived in Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, United States in 1940. He died on 4 July 2014, in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Omak, Okanogan, Washington, United States.

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Howard Welty Graffis
Mary Jane Caldwell
Howard Welty "Ben" Graffis Jr.
Roy "Bill" William Graffis
Martha Anne Graffis

Parents and Siblings

    Howard Welty Graffis





World Events (8)


Age 1

Amelia Earhart completes first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 9

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.
1955 · The Civil Rights Movement Begins

Age 24

The civil rights movement was a movement to enforce constitutional and legal rights for African Americans that the other Americans enjoyed. By using nonviolent campaigns, those involved secured new recognition in laws and federal protection of all Americans. Moderators worked with Congress to pass of several pieces of legislation that overturned discriminatory practices.

Name Meaning

Latinized form of German Graf or Dutch Graef .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Roy W Graffis in household of A C Morgan, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bill in entry for Mary Jane Caldwell-Griffis Sasse, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Bill Graffis in entry for Mary Caldwell Graffis-Sasse, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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