Elmer Graves

Died: Thu., Feb. 12, 2015

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Apr. 25, 2015
Location: Burns Christian Church

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Elmer Graves, 98 died on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Harney District Hospital.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. for Elmer Graves.

Nearly 99 years old, he was born on April 25, 1916, and raised in Garden City, Kan.

In 1934, Elmer met his future wife, Azalea, when she joined the Christmas carolers that Elmer was out caroling with during Christmas break. They married two years later, and were married nearly 69 years before Azalea passed away at the age of 94.

As a young boy, he joined cattle drives and as a teenager, between his junior and senior year, he joined 3 Cs to build a dam in Galveston, Kan. He returned to high school to complete his senior year of high school and graduated in 1936.

Elmer and Azalea moved West, living in Nyssa, Klamath Falls and eventually Hines, where he worked for the Hines Lumber Co. for 30 years. Their only child, Kathleen, was born in Ontario while they were living in Nyssa. Elmer had also worked as a firefighter in Kansas the year prior to getting married, and also had worked for the railroad and a sugar factory prior to settling in Hines. Elmer built their home and purchased ranch property, raising a small herd of cattle, as well as working at the lumber mill. Elmer was actively involved in Azalea’s Girl Scout troop, even becoming an honorary Girl Scout. He was also a longtime member, greeter and elder at the Burns Christian Church.

Elmer is survived by his five grandchildren, Martie, Teri, Wayne, Jeff and Rusty; nine great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Gladys; as well as nieces and nephews. He leaves a legacy of love; loving the Lord, his family, friends and neighbors.

He was an exceptional dad, grandfather, brother, role model and friend.

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