Donald E. Graves, 91, of Shelbyville, passed away at 1:35 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at Major Hospital, Shelbyville.
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Born April 3, 1923, in Seymour, he was the son of Howard R. Graves and Emma Gladys Coffman Graves. He married Patricia A. Graves on July 2, 1977.
Donald worked for Prudential Insurance for 46 years in the insurance business, retiring in 1979. He graduated from Shields High School and Whitman's Business College. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and was a life member of the Lions Club and a life member of the Elks Club. He was a member of American Legion Post 70; life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1525 in Seymour; and a life member of the 8th Air Force Service organization. He served in World War II and completed 35 missions receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross two times and the Air Medal seven times. He served in the Army Air Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. Graves of Shelbyville; two sons, Barry (Linda) Graves of Shelbyville and Alec (Chandra) Graves of Alpharetta, Ga.; one brother, Richard (Pat) Graves of Shelbyville; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jeffrey Graves; one brother, Gerald Graves; one sister, Thelma Cosby; and one stepdaughter, Sue Percell.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Glenn E. George and Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville, with the Rev. Harvey Weaver officiating. Burial will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville. A graveside service will be conducted by the local veterans organization.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the
or the donor's favorite charity in care of the funeral home.
The Graves family would like to thank Johnna Miller, Cammi Hooker and Brenda Coffey for their years of loving care and support.
Published in Tribune from Apr. 20 to Apr. 28, 2014