Fred D. Graves, 86 of Staunton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was born on June 27, 1933, in Syracuse, KS, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl Graves. He married Shirley C. Vesper on October 4, 1957, in Denver, CO and she passed away on October 28, 2018.
He worked as a homebuilder with Graves Brothers Construction in Staunton for many years. Fred served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member and past president of Staunton VFW Post #1241. Fred was able to travel the world and very proud to have ridden a camel around the pyramids in Egypt. He was born and raised a farmer and later in life enjoyed Sunday dinners with family and still taking care of his cows.
He is survived by two daughters, Carla Coury of New Orleans, Louisiana and Diane (Craig) Wilson of Litchfield; sons, Dale (Debbie) Graves of Litchfield and Darren (fiance’, Lisa Costin) of Staunton; 11 grandchildren, Bethany (Eric) Paulson of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ben (Megan) Culp of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nathan (Pamela) Culp of Wilmington, North Carolina, Gregory Culp of Augusta, Georgia, Danny Kovaly (& Ann) of Alhambra, Elizabeth Willis of St. Louis, Missouri, Miranda (Shaun) Martin of St. Louis, Missouri, Dalton Graves of Staunton, Grace Graves of Staunton, Jackson Wilson of Litchfield, and Cooper Wilson of Litchfield; seven great-grandchildren, Beau Willis, Emmet Paulsen, Julia Culp, Wesley Culp, Owen Culp, Clayton Culp, and Natalie Martin; two sisters, Martha Beauchamp of Colorado and Shirley Stinchcomb of Wyoming; two brothers, Larry Graves of Staunton and Merle Graves of South Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law.
Visitation services will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton followed by funeral services at 11 AM at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton with Rev. Nancy Hubert officiating. Burial will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Memorials are suggested to the Gary Sinise Foundation, “We serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, & those in need.”