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Donald W. Graves, 95, of Danville, died Jan. 14, 2017, at the Veterans Affairs Palliative Care Unit.
He was born in Waubay, S.D., on Feb. 21, 1921, the son of Clifford and Alta (Watkins) Graves.
He married Helen Barman of Clinton, Iowa, in 1943.
Donald is survived by son Dennis (Jodi) Graves of Highlands, N.C.; daughters, Donna (John) Guggemos of Westfield, Ind., Patricia Edington of Bismarck, Ill., Jackie (Gary) Hangebrauck of Cayuga, Ind.; brothers, Jack and Bob Graves; sisters, Lois Masters and Donna Moreland; grandchildren, John and Patrick Graves, Britt Guggemos, Bree Guggemos Drapa, Jill Edington Rodgers, Justin Edington, Clint Hangebrauck; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, two brothers, a sister and a son-in-law, Paul Edington.
He attended schools in Peoria, Ill. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Nov. 1, 1940, for service in Hawaii. He was a member of the 72nd Bombardment Squadron in the South Pacific as a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor. Donald worked at Du Pont in Clinton, Iowa, for six years, then at Olin Corporation for 32 years as safety and protection supervisor in Covington, Ind. He retired on Dec. 15, 1982.
Don loved sports of all kinds, enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, boating and doing woodworking. Don was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and the VFW Post 782. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, whose happiest moments were spending time with his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Donald will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Fr. Bo Schmitt officiating. Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
Memorials may be made in his name to St. Paul's Catholic Church. Please join Donald's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 16, 2017
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