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Richard Byrd Graver


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Graver, Richard Byrd,

85, passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by loving family due to complications from multiple systems atrophy. He was born in Cambridge City, Indiana to Orie and Mary Graver on April 5, 1932. He held degrees from Purdue University and University of Michigan. He worked for ADM and Celanese until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Doris Graver, and a grandson, Eston Graver.

He is survived by his children, Bruce (Margaret), Jeanne Graver Kennedy (Alan), Mark (Nora), Jay (Elyse), and Tim (Gayle), 11 grandchildren and 3 adorable great grandchildren. He is also survived by many supportive family members, cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be no viewing. His body will be cremated and his ashes spread at the Historic Richsquare Friends Meeting house in rural Henry County, IN. A memorial service will be held there at a later date.

There will be an open house for family and friends on Saturday, September 16 from 2-6pm at his home in Louisville.

No flowers, please. Contributions to honor his memory may be made to Friends of Richsquare, Inc. P.O. Box 671, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.

He was a quiet man with a terrible disease that hampered his ability to communicate and move. A brilliant chemical engineer, inventor, researcher. A family man who worked tirelessly to provide for his young, growing family. A religious man, church treasurer, lay preacher, "go to church every Sunday" man.

An active, healthy man who played games with his kids and loved to golf and bowl until that disease we call MSA took that away. He didn't give up. He persevered. He built a house to meet his ever changing physical needs. He hired assistance when it was needed. His loving sons that lived close by pitched in tirelessly. He played golfed on the computer and played endless mind games on his iPad. He loved watching sports and cheering on his teams; Louisville, Purdue, Michigan, Cincinnati Reds and more. He worked his crossword puzzles and word games in the newspaper every morning. He inspired us all with his strength and determination to be as independent as possible. He loved structure, order and routine and maybe that is why he lived so many years beyond anyone's expectations! We never thought he would outlive my Mother but he continued to amaze us all and lived alone (with assistance) for the last two years. Our biggest fear in life has been that we might see Dad unable to move, confined to a hospital bed for his last years of life. Our greatest joy, amid the sorrow, is that he never had to experience that. Dad, take your wings and fly. Mom is waiting for you with open arms! We took good care of you, and when it was your time, we had to let you go. Time to climb those mountains again and find your "Master Peace"

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road "in St. Matthews."
Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 15, 2017
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