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Frederick O. Graves

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BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. -- Frederick O. Graves, 79, of Boiling Springs, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, in the Church of God Home, Carlisle.

He was born on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 1928, in Bennington, Vt., and was a son of the late Frederick O. Graves Jr. and Marion (Towsley) Graves-Potter.

Fred was a 1946 graduate of Milford High School in Milford, Conn., and the former Carlisle Commercial College.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, and the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with a Bronze Star.

He retired in 1983 from the Ships Parts Control Center in Mechanicsburg after more than 30 years of service. He worked his way from messenger to missile parts manager. After his retirement, Fred worked as a professional model and photographer.

He was a longtime member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Carlisle where he was a former Sunday school teacher and was involved in the creation and leadership of the youth group. He was a member of the Boiling Springs Civic Association, a captain in the Boiling Springs Crime Watch, a member of the Men of Retirement Age Club and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

Fred also served as the liaison between St. John’s Episcopal Church and Dickinson College. He was also a staff member of the Junior and Senior High Episcopal Youth Conference at Juniata and Bucknell Colleges. Fred enjoyed ballroom and square dancing, and taking care of his family and home.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances “Frani” Hart.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Anna May (Staruh) Graves; two daughters, Linda S. (and her husband, Hugh) Dyaraman of Carlisle and Judith A. Hess of West Lawn; two brothers, Donald E. Graves of Washington, D.C., and Gordon I. Graves of Boiling Springs; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Services of Requiem Eucharist were celebrated Thursday, Nov. 29, in St. John’s Episcopal Church, on the Square in Carlisle with the Rev. Dr. Mark A. Scheneman officiating. Burial with military honors provided by Cumberland County Honor Guard, took place in the LeTort Cemetery, Middlesex Township.

Memorial contribution may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 612, Carlisle, PA 17013.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 27, 2007
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