Hayden Scott Graver
Hayden Scott Graver, 17 years of age, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, in Battlefield, MO. He was born on September 23, 1999, to Adam Scott Graver and Shannon Michelle (O'Toole) Graver, in Joplin, MO. Hayden was lovingly being raised by his grandparents, "Papa" Rod and "Meema" Lois Rahn.
Hayden Graver is loved by his family, friends, and his dog Champ. Hayden's free spirit lent way to many experiences such as zipping himself across the tree lines high up in the Rocky Mountains, whitewater rafting, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and challenging his cousins to the most extreme rides across Florida's theme parks, along with video games. Hayden just learned to wakeboard this summer on Tablerock Lake with his Grandpa and Grandma, "Pawpaw" Rick & "Kiki" Cindy, and was looking forward to future summers learning new extreme tricks. Over the years, Hayden and his Papa Rod developed a strong relationship. They challenged each other to be healthier, physically fit and to push themselves to be better. His short life here gave him challenges but, with Hayden's kind heart and perseverance he fought off his inner demons as long as he could until the morning of November 1, 2016, when Hayden experienced an accidental drug overdose. God must have a reason for calling his child to heaven early. His family and friends may never fully understand. However, one point is simple to understand and that is… family, friends, trust, and unconditional love make all the difference in life. Please help others with addiction challenges by joining Hayden's family in donating to The Kitchen - Rare Breed Program. Hayden always ended his calls to his family with, "I love you." Hayden, "We love you!"
Hayden is survived by his parents, Adam Graver and Shannon Graver; brother: Ryker; great-grandmother: Barbara Scott; grandparents: Rick and Cindy Graver, and Rod and Lois Rahn; his dog, Champ; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Hayden is preceded in death by his uncle, Kirk Bristol.
A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home, Ltd. Springfield, MO. A memorial celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 10:30 AM at the Walnut Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Springfield, MO, with Phillip Wright officiating.