Edward ˜ Reid Graves Jr. (1933 - 2018)

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Edward Reid Graves Jr.. of Fort Lupton. died Aug. 23. He was 85.
A fifth-generation Coloradan, he was born in Pueblo Aug. 19, 1933, the oldest child of Edward Reid Graves Sr. and Mildred Stewart Graves.
Reid earned a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), where he also played football. Reid spent his life sharing his passion for agriculture, particularly the small family farms and ranches. Besides having his own small ranch where he raised cattle and sheep, he was active in many agricultural organizations, including 4-H Catch a Calf, National Western Stock Show and many other boards and committees.
He married Mary Elaine Gregory Jan. 30, 1971.
His wife survives him as do four children from his first marriage, Mike Graves (Kathy Graves), Laurie Livesay, Betsy Goodell (Rob Goodell), and David Graves (Dawn Graves); eight grandchildren, Bailey Vail (Brandon Vail), Addem Goodell, Kim Graves, Kelcie Cleary (Brandon Cleary), Erin Goodell, Sara Graves, Jack Graves, and Ryan Graves; and one great-grandchild, Colson Vail.
His younger brother, Larry; his younger sister, Eleanor Hubbard (Ken Hubbard); and sister-in-law Marie Graves, survive him.
A retired consultant of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Reid was proud member and volunteer with Kiwanis, the Fort Lupton Historical Society and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity – Colorado Delta Chapter.
A service is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Good Shepard Episcopal Church, 8545 E, Dry Creek Road, Centennial.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Edward R and Mildred S Graves Scholarship fund, c/o Colorado State University.

Published in Commerce City Sentinel Express on Sept. 11, 2018