James Graves (1940 - 2018)

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James Russell Graves
Feb 24, 1940 - May 6, 2018
James R. Graves, 78 of Modesto, CA died peacefully in the morning of May 6, 2018. James was born Feb 24, 1940 in Aurora, Indiana to Glenn and Mary Graves. He graduated from Madison High School in Madison, Indiana in 1957 and excelled in basketball where he received a scholarship to the University of Colorado. He moved to Modesto, CA in 1962 and worked for E & J Gallo Wines in Modesto, CA for over 30 years. After retiring with Gallo Wines he went to work for Gordon Biersch Brewing Co in San Jose, CA as Vice President of Operations. James loved to travel and his favorite destinations were Germany and Japan where he frequently traveled over the years and made lifelong friends with many. He enjoyed working in his garden and especially loved his collection of rare and beautiful Bonsai's. He was President of the Stockton Bonsai Club for many years.
James is preceded in death by daughter Kathy Graves who passed in 1972. He is survived by his daughter Karen Ramsey, son Kevin Graves (LeAnn), 5 grandchildren, step-daughter Cheryl Kelly (Pat), and cousins Larry and Janet Giffin. There will be a graveside burial at the River View Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana where he will be laid to rest with his family.
Special thanks to James's caregivers Rowena, Nenita, and Amy.

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Published in the Modesto Bee on May 16, 2018