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Kenneth Ray GRAVES

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Kenneth Ray Graves

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Kenneth Ray Graves, 74, died peacefully at 2:50 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2014, at St. John's Hospice surrounded by family.

Ken was born Feb. 6, 1940, in West Frankfort, Ill., the youngest of seven sons of Aaron L. and Wilma E. Graves. He married Judith A. Carmody on June 13, 1970.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; his son, Terry (Shawna) Graves; and grandchildren, Derek and Kendra Graves of Denver, Colo. Ken is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ken retired as a supervisor from the State of Illinois in 1991. He thoroughly enjoyed retirement, traveling with his wife and family visiting all 50 states. They had a knack for being followed by tornadoes, hurricanes, power outages and fires.

An active member of St. Frances Cabrini church, Ken took pride and comfort in long standing friendships and community there. He also loved his surrogate family at St. John's Cardiac Rehab exercise class where he was top dog in minutes.

He was an avid collector of Budweiser beer steins and attended the yearly American Breweriana Convention. Ken enjoyed hunting with family and friends, and spent many years as the catcher on his softball team. His quick wit and teasing will be missed by all who knew him.

Preceding Ken in death were his parents and six brothers: Gene Vaughn of Houston, Mo., Loren, Lloyd (Red), Bill, Sam and Jerry Graves all of West Frankfort, Ill.

Family will host a Memorial Gathering from 10-11 a.m., Friday, March 28, 2014, at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1020 N. Milton, Springfield, IL.

Memorial Mass: 11 a.m., Friday, March 28, 2014, at St. Frances Cabrini Church, the Rev. Richard Chiola officiating.

Private burial will be at a later date at St. John's Cemetery in Carrollton, Ill.

Memorials may be made to St. Cabrini Church or the .

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