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Ralph Eugene Graves

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Graves Ralph Eugene Graves, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017 shortly after celebrating his 89th Birthday. Ralph was born to parents Wilbur and Laura Graves on May 23, 1928 in Hayfield, MN. He grew up in Dodge Center, MN and attended Dodge Center High School. Ralph was proud to be a veteran. He started his military service in the Army, joined the Air Force as it was created and rounded out his career in the Air National Guard. Ralph moved to Columbus, Ohio where he worked for North American Rockwell, building jet fighters. In 1955 he met and married Shirley Lou Davis, his wife of 61 years. The couple had two children. Ralph founded his own business, ColAir Inc., where he began a career in the aircraft instrument repair industry that lasted until his retirement in 1996 and beyond. Ralph is survived by his wife, Shirley; his daughter, Janet of Columbus OH; his son, Daniel from Denver CO; and his sisters, Peggy Narveson of Dodge Center, MN and Loraine Maroo of Minneapolis, MN. He is preceded in death by his parents Wilbur and Laura. A memorial celebration will be held Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3100 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43209. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the on his behalf.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch from June 6 to June 7, 2017
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