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Glenn "Skip" R. Graves

March 21, 1943 — October 7, 2016

Glenn R. “Skip” Graves, 73, of Frederick, S.D., passed away, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Glenn was born March 21, 1943 in Aberdeen, S.D. to Robert and Esther (McCormick) Graves. He graduated from Barnard High School in 1961 and from Southern State College of Springfield, S.D. as a Diesel Technician in 1963. Glenn then spent 2 years in the Army stationed in Germany. On January 14, 1978 he married Charlotte Eberle at St. Helena’s Catholic Church in Ellendale, N.D. and was later blessed with two girls; Reva and Renee. In Glenn’s youth he played baseball, basketball and enjoyed hunting coyotes and deer. Baja racing was a favorite hobby of his. He was also known as an expert diesel mechanic and could always find a fix for anything. Glenn had a love for older machinery and history and could be seen frequenting at local threshing festivals. Glenn was a retired heavy equipment operator and spent over 25 years working for Lien Transportation in Aberdeen, S.D. In Glenn’s retirement he enjoyed having his morning coffee at the community store, Sunday breakfast in Ellendale, working in his garden, fishing, camping, traveling, visiting obscure museums, helping others during the planting and harvest seasons and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Glenn is survived by his wife, Charlotte; his two daughters, Reva Graves, Renee Graves (Charles Mills) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two grandchildren, Mason David Graves and Jacob John Mills; Siblings Ron Graves and his wife Joanne and niece and nephew Brett (Lisa) Graves and Jodi (Mike) Bird; He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Esther Graves; his uncle Marvin Graves; grandparents William and Reva Graves and Leo and Mary McCormick. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at Hoven Funeral Chapel in Ellendale, N.D., with Father Jason Asselin, celebrant. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial is at St. Helena’s Catholic Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel.
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