Kenneth Ray Graves, 74, died peacefully at 2:50 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2014 at St. John’s Hospice surrounded by family.
Ken was born February 6, 1940 in West Frankfort, IL, the youngest of seven sons of Aaron L. and Wilma E. Graves. He married Judith A. Carmody on June 13, 1970.
Survivors include his wife Judy, his son, Terry (Shawna) Graves, and grandchildren, Derek and Kendra Graves of Denver, CO. Ken is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Ken retired as a supervisor from the State of Illinois in 1991. He thoroughly enjoyed retirement, traveling with his wife and family visiting all 50 states. They had a knack for being followed by tornadoes, hurricanes, power outages and fires. An active member of St. Frances Cabrini church, Ken took pride and comfort in long standing friendships and community there. He also loved his surrogate family at St. John’s Cardiac Rehab exercise class where he was top dog in minutes. He was an avid collector of Budweiser beer steins and attended the yearly American Breweriana Convention. Ken enjoyed hunting with family and friends, and spent many years as the catcher on his softball team. His quick wit and teasing will be missed by all who knew him.
Preceding Ken in death were his parents and six brothers, Gene Vaughn of Houston, MO, Loren, Lloyd (Red), Bill, Sam and Jerry Graves all of West Frankfort, IL.
Family will host a Memorial Gathering: 10-11 am Friday, March 28, 2014 at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1020 North Milton, Springfield, Illinois.
Memorial Mass: 11 am, Friday, March 28, 2014 at St. Frances Cabrini Church with Reverend Richard Chiola officiating.
Private burial will be at a later date at St. John’s Cemetery in Carrollton, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cabrini Church or the American Cancer Society.