Aug. 14, 1934 - Jan. 20, 2011 MISHAWAKA - William F. Graves Sr., 76,
passed away on January 20, 2011, in his home.
Bill was born in Princeton, Indiana, but had lived in Mishawaka since 1960.
Bill was preceded in death by
his parents, Dr. and Mrs. (Polly) O.M. Graves Sr.; a brother, Dr. O.M.Graves Jr.; and one sister, Dee Peters.
He was a graduate of Culver
Naval Summer School in 1951 and was a graduate of PrincetonHigh
class of 1952. Bill graduated from IndianaStateUniversity in 1956 with his Bachelor's and 1960 with his
Master's. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959 and was an Education
Specialist at WhiteSandsMissileRange in New Mexico where he taught the GED Program to those in the
military. Bill taught one year at FowlerHigh School before coming to Mishawaka where he taught elementary classes in the P.H.M
School Corp for almost 30 years. Early in his career he helped organize the
Indiana State Teachers Association at P.H.M. Over his career he taught at
Bittersweet and ElsieRogersSchools. He was also the swimming and life saving
instructor/supervisor for the P.H.M. summer pool program. Bill retired from
active teaching in 1988. In semi-retirement Bill worked security at the Notre
Dame Snite Museum, Sacred Heart Basilica, and J.C.
Penney at the UP Mall.
Bill is survived by his wife,
Loretta J. (Bower) Graves, whom he married in 1961 in Gary,
Indiana. Mr. Graves leaves a son, William F. Graves,
Jr. (Gina) of Naples, FL; a daughter, Denise L. Dimos
of Mishawaka, IN; her children, Benjamin C. Ford, Hailey C. Ford and Chad W. Dimos; and a son, Edward C. Graves (Melinda) of Las
Vegas, NV, and their son, Mason D Graves; along with a sister, Mona Fearheiley of Mt. Carmel, IL.
Bill served as VP & President of the
Mishawaka American History Group. He was also a member of the Mishawaka Masonic
Lodge #130 F&AM, along with York Rite and Scottish Rite Masonry. Bill was
also very active with his church, 1st United Methodist, Mishawaka. He served for a long time as a teacher of Sunday
school classes, along with singing in the choir, former mission chairman of the
church, as well as the local coordinator of the blood donors group. Bill was
also a longtime tutor in the St. Joe City Adult Literacy Program, a Cub Scout
Master and Weblose Master. In addition, Bill served
as a docent at StudebakerMuseum and served on the Board of the Mishawaka Children's
He was a wonderful, loving
and thoughtful husband for 49 years, and a great dad and grandfather.
Visitation will be from to
with a Masonic Service at
today, January 23rd, in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka.
Funeral services will be at , with visitation one hour prior in church on Monday,
January 24th, in FirstUnitedMethodistChurch, Mishawaka,
with Rev. Larry Whitehead officiating.
(Note added:Burial was in Blythe Chapel Cemetery, Union
Twp., Gibson County, Indiana.)