Donald Eugene Graves, age 87, of Payson passed away May 10, 2017 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was born on November 17, 1929 in the Derry Township in Pike County to Barney and Lenora (Duff) Graves. He married Veda L. Willard on May 19, 1951 and she survives.
Donald graduated from Barry High School in 1947. He served as a Radio Engineer in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 and was a Korean War Veteran. He remained in the Army Reserves until 1965. Donald went on to farm in Pike and Adams Counties from 1953 to 1983 before moving to Payson. He then did satellite sales and service for 20 years and worked at Payson Grade School as a Custodian for 8 years. Donald was a longtime member of the Payson Congregational Church where he taught adult Sunday School for over 40 years and served on several committees over the years as a member of the Couple’s Club. He was a member of Plainville Lions Club for 40 plus years and a 4-H leader in Pike and Adams Counties. He was a member of the Payson VFW #2061 and became a lifetime member in 2016. Donald loved motorcycles, airplanes and working with satellite and TV sales and repair.
He is survived by one son, Roger (Sharon) Graves of Liberty; one daughter, Teresa (David) Higus of Terre Haute, IN; one brother, Gregory (Mae) Graves of Ursa; six grandchildren, Crystal (Steve) Dieterle, Roger Mark (Jessie) Graves II, , Katie (John) Ohnemus, Matthew Graves, Eric Higus, Timothy (Eleanor) Higus; and seven great grandchildren, Kaleb, Zoey, Olivia, Paisley, Tatum, Cru, and Johnathon.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Rosemary Graves in 2008.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry with Reverend Steve Disseler officiating. Burial will be at West Cemetery in Pittsfield following the service with military rites accorded by the Payson VFW #2061 and the Military Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home in Barry.
Memorials are suggested to West Cemetery, Payson VFW, or Payson Congregational Church.
Niebur Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with the services. Online condolences may be left at www.nieburfh.com.