Roger M. Graves

Born: Fri., Feb. 12, 1954
Died: Sun., Feb. 14, 2021


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 21, 2021
Location: Madison Park Christian Church

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Sun., Feb. 21, 2021
Location: Madison Park Christian Church

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Mon., Feb. 22, 2021
Location: St. Brigid's Cemetery

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Roger Mark Graves, age 67, of Mendon, formerly of Liberty, IL died on Sunday, February 14, 2021 in his home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with lewy body dementia.  Roger was born on February 12, 1954 in Pittsfield, IL, the son of Donald and Veda (Willard) Graves.  He married the love of his life, Sharon Schwartz, on August 23, 1975 in St. Brigid Catholic Church in Liberty, IL and she survives.

Roger was a 1972 graduate of Payson Seymour High School and attended Pittsfield middle school in his earlier years.  He attended Nashville auto diesel college after high school and graduated as a certified diesel mechanic.  He was employed at Sparks and Wiewel Construction Company from 1974 until 2004 when the business closed.  He then worked for Chester Bross Construction from 2004 until his retirement in 2018.  He was actively involved in the Shelbina Old Threshers Association.  Roger genuinely loved life.  He had a passion for travel and adventure.  If you couldn’t find him at work, you could find him camping with his family or riding a jet ski at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Roger had a deep love for his family, especially his grandkids.  He had many talents including being a certified pilot, a welder, and a certified crane and heavy equipment operator.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Crystal (Steve) Dieterle of Quincy, IL, Mark (Jessie) Graves of Chatham, IL, Katie (John) Ohnemus of Mendon, IL, and Matt Graves of Monroe City, MO; grandchildren, Kaleb Dieterle, Zoey Dieterle, Tatum Graves, Cru Graves, Grayden Graves, Olivia Ohnemus, Paisley Ohnemus, and Noah Ohnemus; sister, Teresa (Dave) Higus of Terre Haute, IN; uncle, Greg (Mae) Graves of Ursa, IL; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and grandpuppies, Duke and Grace.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Veda Graves; in-laws, Robert Schwartz, Dolores Schwartz, and Hazel Schwartz; paternal grandparents, Barney and Lenora Graves; maternal grandparents, Everett and Leona Willard; aunt, Rosemary Graves; Uncle, Wayland and wife, Catherine Willard; and cousin, Michael Todd Willard.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM at Madison Park Christian Church in Quincy.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at the church from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Graveside service will be Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Saint Brigid’s Cemetery in Liberty, IL.  If you plan to attend visitation or funeral service, please wear a mask and practice all COVID 19 physical distancing guidelines. Memorials are suggested to be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, Memory Care Home Solutions or Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

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

Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care

Lewy Body Dementia Association

Memory Care Home Solutions
Attn: Nick Clark
4389 West Pine Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

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Julie (Ray) Radel
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
Graves family,

I am very sorry for your great loss. His family was important to him.


Greg Colbert
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021


Cousin Roger, I remember our times playing with toy dump trucks wherever we could find a good pile of dirt. You will be missed. Greg Colbert and wife Laura Colbert

Jim Hammonds
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Roger, my wish is that we could just sit around one more campfire at Talladega underneath the old pine tree on the hill with the whole gang. My hope is that we will all be together again one day! On that day, I'll show up with my Bubba teeth on my friend and oh what a reunion all of us will have! Until then, we will miss you every time we hear those racecars fire up!

Della (Walston) Green
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Sharon and family, I am so sorry to hear that Roger has passed away. I remember all the things we did with Roger and family when we were growing up when we all lived south of Time. There are so many fun memories--picnics, carry-in dinners, harvesting crops (with more dinners), helping each other with livestock needs, you name it, we all did it together. We all helped each other out. My brothers loved to ride Roger's go-cart. I remember them all riding up and down Don and Veda's driveway. Oh, they were fun days! I'm sure Roger is in heaven remembering all those good times too. God Bless you and your family at this difficult time.

Alan and Rhonda Koch
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Matt and family, we are so sad and sorry to see that your dad has passed. Although we didn’t know him personally, we know he must have been so proud of the good man you are. All of your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May all the happy memories give you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Our love, prayers and sympathy.

Nancy Kindle
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
Sharon and family I am so sad to hear of Roger's passing . My heart goes out to all of you . He was a great guy an will be truly missed by many . Hugs

Jim and Marcia Elliott
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
Sharon and family, Jim and I are very saddened to hear of Roger's passing. Jim and I both thought a lot of Roger. I know Jim has some great memories of their youth and the times they spent together. Roger was Jim's Best Man at our wedding and we have always appreciated Roger's friendship. It was not that long ago that Roger was in our office asking about Jim and his health. I was touched because I knew that Roger was struggling with his own health issues. He always thought of others and that is truly a blessing. Jim is sorry he will not be able to attend the visitation or service, but know that Jim is thinking of him. Praying for your family through this difficult time.

Allen L Eaker
   Posted Fri February 19, 2021
Sharon I am so sorry to here this I miss you guys so much but life happens. Roger Nieders called and told me. We talked a long time on the things we did as kids (we thought we were grownup) it was a miracle we made it to be this old. Just know I have thought of you all a lot over the years. Just remember he is in a better place. Love you guys so much.

Debra Webster
   Posted Sat February 20, 2021
Sharon and Family,
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. I know the journey that you and family have been through and we are here for you if there is anything I can do. Stay safe and God Bless you and yours, Debra Webster

Stephen Schwartz
   Posted Sat February 20, 2021
Dear Cousin Sharon,

I'm truly sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your entire family. May Roger rest in peace.

Your 2nd Cousin Steve
Westland, Michigan

Diana Dietrich
   Posted Sun February 21, 2021
So sorry for your loss, Sharon! Heaven has gained a very special angel! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. would attend visitation but am in quarintine until Tuesday. A big virtual hug to you, Sharon! Take care of yourself and God bless you and your family.
Love, Diana

   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
We were so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I keep thinking about all the good times we had together before we all got married. May God give you the strength you'll need during this time. We send our love and prayers to you and your family.

Don & Annelle Kirk
   Posted Wed February 24, 2021
To Greg & Mae. We are so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. We are praying for your family circle. God bless, Don & Annelle

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