Hayden Scott Graver
1999 - 2016
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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.






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Published in News-Leader on Nov. 3, 2016.
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September 27, 2018
Hayden was a good friend of mine, he taught me to never fear what life is going to throw at you and to take it head on. Hayden will forever stay in my heart, and his smile will always be on my mind.
kailey
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November 8, 2016
Hayden was a great kid who loved everyone! He always came up and talked to me at school. He made time for everyone, and made a special point to do so! I miss him so much!
Matthew Freeman
November 5, 2016
I remember Hayden riding his bike down the street where Rod and Lois lived. He hung out sometimes at our house. Sweet sweet boy!! We haven't seen him in years. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love and miss seeing you all! Peace be with you. Kelly Tom Lillian Thomas and Sophie Stone ❤
November 4, 2016
Hayden you always have been and always will be an amazing person. The two short years i knew you were an amazing time. We shared laughs and smiles and tears and sadness. I remember you coming over every single day with a new story or an idea for an adventure that day. Its been a little under a year since we last spoke but that does not mean that you were never on all of our minds. I love and miss you little brother. This is not a goodbye man its just a see ya till next time brother.
Cody Orthel
November 4, 2016
Hayden was an amazing person. Everyone he knew or ever talked to prays for his peace. He was so nice and happy all the time, never a dull moment around him. He had such a big heart, never wanted anyone to feel hurt or sad; not while he knew he could help them. Our loss, is heaven's gain. I pray that Hayden is with our lord and savior and is no longer in pain. Prayers to his family. You raised a truly wonderful person. I pray you find some comfort in knowing he was loved by so many.

Loved by many, missed by all, sad you had to leave this fall.
Laura Dry
November 4, 2016
God looked around his garden,
And found an empty space.
Then he looked down upon this earth,
And seen your tired face.
He put his arms around you,
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He only takes the best.
You left me beautiful memories,
Your love is still my guide.
Although we cannot see you,
You're always at my side.


I love you, and miss you so much ❤❤
Katelyn Grisham
November 4, 2016
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
November 3, 2016
Our last interaction has not left my mind since I heard of your passing. I'm privileged to have known you for these very short past two years.
M W
November 3, 2016
My heart felt condolences to Rod and Lois, I knew Hayden through his friendship with my grandson Wyatt. I know you had a wonderful impact on Hayden's life. I pray for your peace and faith. God Bless you all. Hayden was a special boy.
Rhonda Dyer
November 3, 2016
I miss him I talked to him everyday he was an awesome guy to talk to and understood me
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November 3, 2016
I was not only a co-worker with Hayden when he worked at Mcdonalds long ago, but I was also able to be a fellow student with him at Republic High School. We had science class together, he never put down the entertainment in the class.
Aleigha Balk-Adank
November 3, 2016
you were wise beyond your years brother. always had a smile on your face and was so quick to help someone who fell and needed help back up. you will forever be in my memories brother. I love you. REST IN PARADISE
trenton hamilton
November 3, 2016
Thoughts and Prayers for the Family at this time of your sorrow. May God Bless You All.

Jim and Mary Ann Brown
November 3, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Penny Rex
November 3, 2016
I only met you a couple times but you & my son were good friends & he really misses you. r.i.p. Hayden
Eva Ballinger
November 3, 2016
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MAY GOD GIVE YOU LOVE PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING. GOD BLESS
TERRY MULHOLLAND
November 3, 2016
Hayden was always more concerned about others well-being, than he was about his own. If you were in need of help, or anything he would always make a way to have things done for you. No matter what the circumstances. Hayden, we'll love & miss you.
Jalyn & Trenton
November 3, 2016
My thoughts prayers and condolences are with you your family
Jennifer Neighnors
November 3, 2016
Angie Bradley & Madison Castleberry
November 3, 2016
He was an amazing guy who was there for me through the toughest times in Kickapoo high school. Prayers to the amazing family who raised such a wonderful young man.
Devany Littrell
November 2, 2016
Hayden, you will forever be apart of our friend group, you made my last couple years of highschool the best, hanging out at your house almost everyday and never not laughing. I'll miss you always coming up behind me at lunch, and doing our handshake in the halls, i wish you were here . i love you so much, and our times together will never be replaced. forever always, gone but never forgotten.
Daya Cardella.
November 2, 2016
He Was a great friend and a great person in all. He will be missed and loved, but not gone. As he is still living in out heart's. Sorry for your loss
Chris Brink
November 2, 2016
So sorry for your loss.
Amy White
November 2, 2016
Dear Graver family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Hayden. I was Adams (Hayden's daddy) kindergarten teacher at Jeffries. I can't even imagine the pain you all are dealing with each day! You all are in my prayers! You were always the sweetest, most caring family! May God wrap his arms around each of you as you grieve the loss of your son, and grandson . Praying for each of you. Debbie Lightle
Debbie Lightle
November 2, 2016
Good kid! He was in my 7th hour weights class. And he was always doing curls the whole hour! Rip man!
November 2, 2016
Its awful you went so soon We will miss you dearly. You were a pretty cool dude to hang out with.
Rebekah Price
November 2, 2016
Hayden, You will always have a special place in my heart. Words cannot justly express how much I thought of you. You were just another one of my kids that summer you and Faith were such good friends and I always will still think of you as my boy. You always listened to my long speeches on life lessons and quick to help out around the farm. I will never forget the day you helped unload that trailer full of square bales, you thought that was super hard work! Your Papa Rod came over to pick you up later and laughed about the story. He said that was good for you and it would help build you up for football. The kids always looked up to you like a big brother and they always had fun with you and all the nerf wars, the kiddie pool (lol) and trips to the playground across the street. You rode horses and picked mulberries off the trees by horseback. You and Faith were the best of friends and you helped each other through some trying times. So many memories. I can honestly say you have an amazing spirit and such empathy for others with life struggles, and always quick to their defense. You were so polite and had good manners, your Meema and Papa had taught you well. I sure wish you could have stayed longer with us. This old world can sure benefit from more great spirits such as yourself, but I am sure you will be watching over us all. I love you bunches and bunches. See you on the other side some day. Forever and always,
The Momster
Kim Frazier
Kim Frazier
November 2, 2016
haily mickelson
November 2, 2016
I miss you Hayden...
Haily Mickelson
November 2, 2016
I was a classmate of Hayden's. My love, and prayers are with you all at this time. I'm praying for all of the family.
Erica Elmer
November 2, 2016
love mom
Shannon Graver
November 2, 2016
love mom
Shannon Graver
November 2, 2016
Hayden we will all miss you
Sabin Stohlberg
November 2, 2016
My deepest condolences is with the Graver family. Hayden was such a loving and sweet kid. He always made my days better with the jokes he always shared. His smile was perfect and he constantly had it on his face. He was the best friend anyone could ask for. He was known for making everyone smile. He's such a sweetheart. I love you Hayden
Tabitha Fizer
November 2, 2016
Mikayla Miles
November 2, 2016
I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I was at a loss for words when the school told us. I remember him always cracking a joke and making people smile. Miss you Hayden, you are loved by so many.
Mikayla Miles
November 2, 2016
Hayden was such a sweet, caring and amazing person. I didn't know him that well. But we'd talk as friends. I will miss him a lot.
-Tay Starks
Taresha Starks
November 2, 2016
so sorry Denica called last night and told me My Prayers are with you all She said you really loved and took care of him all his life
Marlene Harger
November 2, 2016
Hayden we will miss u
Tiffany Worley
November 2, 2016
Hayden was such an amazing person with the most energetic exciting personality... ive known him for 6 years and hes always been right by my side if i ever needed him and now im not sure what ill do without him. Its crazy knowing that i just saw him last week and now hes gone forever.. prayers to the family and friends. REST EASY HAYDEN. I LOVE YOU
Adi Cook
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