Theodore W. Graves(1919 - 2014)

Theodore W Graves, 94, of Edinburg, died March 28, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Graves was born September 2, 1919, in Randolph, Nebraska, the youngest of six children of Edward and Marie (Niday) Graves.

He grew up in Peru, Nebraska and attended the State College there before leaving for a Civil Service career in Washington, D.C.. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a platoon commander with the Army Engineers in Africa and Italy for over two years. He resumed a Civil Service career and served 32 years in several logistics positions, including Secretary of the Inter-service Supply Support Committee, and upon retirement in 1973, he was head of the Dept. of Defense Item Entry Control Office.

He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and was a graduate of George Washington University. In retirement over a period of thirteen years as voluntary president of the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, he pushed for, and saw passage of, a Congressional Resolution in 1986 establishing the Patrick Henry National Memorial at Red Hill in Charlotte County, Virginia.

He was married to Dorothy E. Perkins of Randolph, Iowa in 1941, a marraige that lasted over 64 years until her death in 2006. Four sons were born, Theodore Wm Jr., Eugene A., Leland E., and Reid H., all surviving, as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He married a second time to Rita (Russell) Hanna, who survives.

He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to Dorothy Perkins Graves Scholarship Fund, 600 Hoyt Street, P.O. Box 10, Peru, Nebraska 68421.

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Valley Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2014