Ralph Nelson Graves

Hale, Michigan
November 14, 1930 - October 21, 2019

Visitations

Visitation will take place 4-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington, Hale, Michigan 48739.

Service Location

Hale Baptist Church, 327 North Washington, Hale, Michigan 48739

Services

Funeral service will take place 11:00 a.m. (in state 10:00 a.m.) Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Hale, Baptist Church, 327 North Washington, Hale, Michigan 48739.

Obituary Notice

Ralph Nelson Graves, age 88, entered into the presence of his Lord on October 21, 2019.
Ralph was born November 14, 1930 in Hale, Michigan to Alfred and Josephine Muriel (Caton) Graves. He graduated from Hale High School in 1949 and joined his father’s business: Graves Well Drilling. He married Hazel Marie Buck on June 9, 1951.

Ralph resided in the town of Hale his entire life and was well known for his honesty, integrity and reliability in all his business dealings.

Ralph surrendered his life to the Lord at the age of 13 and was an active member of Hale Baptist Church since 1953. He served faithfully in many roles such as deacon, youth leader, and Sunday school teacher; a godly example of Christian service and selflessness.

Ralph was also an avid hunter and fisherman who loved to retell his many adventures. He had an unlimited supply of stories that entertained us all.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and also by his son David Nelson Graves, and granddaughter Christy Ann Gavagan. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Hazel Graves; his sister Eva (Elwood) Ruckle; daughters Diane (George) Smith, and Jayne (Nate) Walker; foster son Monte (Zoe) Mathews; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Ralph will take place 4-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington, Hale, Michigan 48739. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. (in state 10:00 a.m.) Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Hale Baptist Church, 327 North Washington, Hale, Michigan. Interment will follow in Esmond Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to provide Camping scholarships for youth to attend a Christian camp. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com

Memorials

Memorial contributions may be made out to the family to provide camping scholarships
for youth to attend a Christian Camp.

Cemetery

Esmond Evergreen Cemetery, Hale, Michigan

Condolences

Our sincere sympathy to Ralph's Family. I heard of many of his stories from Carol. He was dedicated to his Lord and a great family man.
— Lloyd & Marcia Prescott
For all of Ralph's family, we're sorry for your loss. While growing up in Hale I was aware of his being know for his honesty and integrity. I'm glad I was able to have heard some of his stories -- I'm sure they'll be carried on! Our heartfelt condolences to all of you.
— Bill & Carol Bielby
So sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. He was a true gentleman that always treated people with kindness.
May God give his family peace during this sad time.
Sandi
— Sandra Helms
I am thinking of you and you are in my prayers.
— Pam & Daniel Workman
My deepest sympathies to Hazel and the family. Ralph was a great person. I have many fond memories of him from when I was growing up. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
— Lisa (Adkins) Philpot
We're all going to miss you terribly Grandpa, but we were so fortunate to have you in our lives for so long.
— Greg Graves
Ralph Graves is more than a friend and brother in the Lord. He is a model of godliness with wisdom and kindness to all he met. We rejoice at his promotion to glory and pause in sympathy with family and friends who already miss him. Our prayers are with you, Hazel, for all you have done for so many years.
— Pastor Tom & Barbara Sluys
We were so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing but take comfort that we know he is with the Lord,which is how he lived his life.Ed Redmond and family
— Ed Redmond
My deepest condolences to Hazel and family. I've known Ralph for many years...he was a very special man.
Marie Denstedt
— Marie Denstedt
Ralph Graves was undoubtedly one of the most Godly men I have ever met! When. Ralph entered heaven Can you imagine the thunderous applause singing and welcoming he received. Also can you imagine what it was like when he first saw Jesus a Jesus said “well done my good and faithful servant”!
— David and Joy Riches
Prayers to the family. Soar with the Angels Ralph🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Rhonda (Chrivia) Sanchez
My deepest condolences to Hazel & family. I've known Ralph for many years. He was a great person. May God comfort you in these difficult days.
Marie Denstedt
Summerville, SC
— Marie Denstedt
Many years ago we moved to Hale and my brothers and I were blessed to become some of Ralph’s students in youth group. We were just a few of the many kids that were touched and taught by Ralph in that very impressionable time of life. He may be gone from this earth but what he was and did here has made this world a better place for many generations.
May the Lord comfort you and your family.
— Ken Anderson

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