Robert S. Graves
February 10, 1923 - October 27, 2010
Robert S. (Bob) Graves, 87, of Walla Walla, WA, passed away on
October 27, 2010 at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla.
He was born February 10, 1923 in Inman, Kansas to Brooks and
Florence Graves. Bob worked in a print shop in Inman, and after
graduation from Inman High School, World War II called him into the
U. S. Navy. He was a fighter pilot on the U.S.S. Cowpens in the Pacific
Theater and flew an F6F Hellcat. He survived five bullet holes in his
airplane, as well as a mid-air collision during his tenure as a naval officer.
After his loyal and honorable service in the U.S. Navy he attended
Kansas State University in Pittsburgh, Kansas.
On August 28, 1946 Bob married Mary E. White in McPherson,
Kansas. They moved to Littleton, Colorado where he pursued his career
in the printing business. In 1951, Bob and Mary moved to Filer,
Idaho where they were the publishers and editors of the Twin Falls
County Citizen-Record newspaper until 1968. The family then moved
to Walla Walla and became owners of Inland Printing Company until
his retirement in 1988.
Bob leaves to cherish his memory and legacy, his devoted wife of 64
years, Mary; son Brooks Graves (Reita); daughter Margaret Bodeau
(Michael); son Chad Graves (Marcia); daughter Mary Catherine
Graves; daughter Pat Barnum ; sister Ilda Jane Fries of McPherson,
Kansas; grandchildren Tara, Tyson, Erica, Russell, Danielle, Ryan,
Nathan, Bernadette, Austin; and great grand children Madelyn and
Avery, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his parents, sister Helen Brooks Ayres, brother Leo Graves,
son John Michael Graves and son-in-law Stan Barnum.
Bob was always very active in his community. He cherished his affiliations
with the Rotary Club of Walla Walla, the WW Gun Club, B.P.O.
E. 287, and Experimental Aircraft Association. He previously served
on the boards of the Walla Walla Credit Bureau, Walla Walla Gun Club,
Walla Walla City-County Airport, Walla Walla Valley Medical, and the
Walla Walla Air Fair. His passion was his family, flying and trap shooting.
He particularly enjoyed the fly-ins he did with friends and fellow
pilots, as well as sharing his Bonanza "Old Yeller" by flying folks
to hunting, business, and pleasure destinations. He is in heaven now
sharing the finer points of figure eights and barrel rolls. Bob will be
remembered as a man of integrity, friendship, and fairness; and a sense
of humor that those who knew him could affectionately appreciate; he
was a man of God.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Monday, November 1, 2010
from 4pm to 8 pm at Herring Funeral Home. The funeral service will
be Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 10:30 am at the Herring Funeral
Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Gun
Club through the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla,