Perry G. Graves, age 63, of Oshkosh, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on August 12, 2014. He was born in Janesville on April 18, 1951 the son of Harold and Barbara (Burdick) Graves. On May 5, 1979, he married Lori Schwartz in Fond du Lac. After graduating from Stoughton High School in 1969 Perry served during Viet Nam in the United States Marine Corp from 1969 to 1973. Perry worked for and retired from Oshkosh Corp & UAW Local 578 and was currently working for N&M Transfer up until the time of his illness. He was an avid Packer, Badger and NASCAR fan, but nothing gave him greater enjoyment than watching Jarred and Joel's baseball, soccer and football games. He also enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, hunting with his sons and camping with friends. Perry was a fighter, he fought for his country, he fought for fairness and in the end, he fought for his life.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Lori; his two sons: Jarred and Joel; his mother, Barbara; four sisters: Cheryl Brown, Gail (Mike) Lembcke, Deb (Mike) Root and Tammy Potter; two brothers Rick (Wendy) Graves and Bill Graves; in-laws: Audrey and Arlyn Schwartz, Renee (Thom) Bigler, Kevin Schwartz, Mark (Kelly) Schwartz and Steve (Joan) Schwartz; numerous nieces, nephews and good friends. He was preceded in death by his father, and brother, Butch.
A memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Seefeld Funeral Home. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Monday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service. A military service will be conducted.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Perry's name is being established for Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, WI.
The family extends a special thank you to all those who went above and beyond in Perry's wonderful care.
Through The Years
My first impressions of this man I saw.
Me doubting him was the only flaw.
He stood for standards, equality, toughness and pride.
I am proud to say I stood by his side.
Now I look back at all that I had.
Still today I will call him my Dad.
Now is the time, my friend, that we must part.
But I will forever hold these thoughts in my heart.
Answers to my questions will now come in different ways.
I will forever miss my friend, Perry G. Graves.
Seefeld Family of Funeral Chapels
1025 Oregon Street
Oshkosh, WI 54902-6456
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Aug. 15 to Aug. 17, 2014