Ralph Nelson Graves
November 14, 1930 - October 21, 2019
Visitation will take place 4-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home, 121 South Washington, Hale, Michigan 48739.
Hale Baptist Church, 327 North Washington, Hale, Michigan 48739
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.
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
Memorial contributions may be made out to the family to provide camping scholarships
for youth to attend a Christian Camp.
Esmond Evergreen Cemetery, Hale, Michigan