Graves, William John (Bill), Jr. age 85 years died at his home on April 1, 2013, in St. Cloud, MN, following a brief battle with cancer in the presence of his entire immediate family. Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years, Franny (Frances) Rogers Graves, his daughter and five sons and their spouses: Paula (Graves) & Jim Conrad, John & Denise, Jim & Julie, Bill & Jyl, David & Cindy and Mike & Kris; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and his brother, Bud Graves. Born in Minneapolis, the son of William and Ollie Graves, he graduated from St. Thomas Academy in 1945, served in the US Navy and graduated from University of Minnesota in 1949 with a degree in Journalism. He had a distinguished 30-year career with Proctor & Gamble in sales and marketing. He retired in 1987, after which he and Franny spent their winters in Scottsdale, AZ and summers at their home in St. Cloud. Bill was an avid athlete, active volunteer and wonderful family man who thoroughly enjoyed every minute of his life. He will be missed by everyone he touched. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Church of St. Paul, 1125 11th Avenue North St. Cloud Rev. Alan Wielinski will officiate. Relatives and friends may call one hour prior Saturday morning at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud. Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home 320-252-2522 www.williamsdingmann.com
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.