Earl "Junior" Graves (1930 - 2013)

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Earl "Junior" Graves


Earl "Junior" Graves, 82, died Monday, July 1, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center. He was born October 20, 1930 to Earl and Nellie Graves.

Earl served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict from 1948-1952. On July 18, 1954, Earl married Ruth Crawley. He worked in receiving at Iowa Machinery and Supply for 20 years, owned North Star Tap, and worked in maintenance for Plymouth Congregational Church. He was a member of Auburn Masonic Lodge #592, VFW Boline Manfredi, the American Legion in New Virginia, and a life time member of Legion of the Purple Heart.

Earl is survived by his children, Stephen Graves (Helen Rowley), Douglas (Lynn) Graves, and Rebecca Crawford (Tom Ware); grandchildren, Renee L. Graves (Robbie Muldoon), Laura (James) Hagen, Angela Sharpnack, and Andrew Pebbles; great-grandsons, Emmett Hagen and Caden Sharpnack; siblings, Lou Gilliam, Pete (Dorothy) Graves, Vera Mills, and Sharon (Dennis) South. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth in 2004; brothers, Jack, Bill and Dennis Graves; sisters, Katherine Cox and Betty Frost.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, July 5, 2013, at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue, with burial to follow at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Family will greet friends one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to DMARC Food Pantry in loving memory of Earl.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.

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Hamilton's Funeral Home
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 289-2442
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Published in Des Moines Register on July 3, 2013
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