Donald Eugene Graves

Born: Sun., Nov. 17, 1929
Died: Wed., May 10, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., May 14, 2017
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Mon., May 15, 2017
Location: Niebur Funeral Chapel

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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.  Visitation will be held Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home in Barry.    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.  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

Charitable donations may be made in Donald's memory to the following organizations:

Payson Congregational Church

Payson VFW #2061

Pittsfield West Cemetery

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EdeeChamberlain Hermens
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Gregory, I am sorry to read of your loss. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and your entire family, in your time of sorrow.

Byrl Craigmiles Rhoads
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
Veda, I am so sorry and wish to extend my sincere and deepest sympathy for your loss. We haven't seen each other in many years but you are still my classmate and friend. Condolences to you and all of your family.

Steve Schwartz
   Posted Fri May 12, 2017
I wish to express our sympathies to Donald's Family including my Brother-in-Law Roger and my sister Sharon. He was such a special neighbor and person. He and I always discussed what "new" movies we had seen and talk about the good and bad things of life. He was a kind caring person and one of the good people of this earth. I was so very pleased to be able to escort him to his last VFW meeting---a great fun evening with true heroes of our country. He will be missed mightily by many--myself included.

David Dodd
   Posted Mon May 15, 2017
Greg, I'm very sorry about your brother's death. I'm not sure if I ever met him but remember, as kids, your talking about him, and Rosemary as well.

David Dodd
   Posted Tue May 16, 2017
Greg, I'm very sorry about your brother's death. I'm not sure if I ever met him but remember, as kids, your talking about him, and Rosemary as well. David

Greg and Laura Colbert
   Posted Tue May 16, 2017
Veda, Roger and Teresa,
I was so sorry to hear about Donald. All of you represent cherished memories and I especially always appreciated Donald's somewhat dry sense of observational humor. He was truly a very special person. I'm sorry that we could not be there with you, but are there in spirit. We will also help remember him with some small help for the Pittsfield West Cemetery. Take care.

Greg, Laura and Carey

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