Donald H. Graves, of Commerce, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 23, 2022. A committal service will take place at DFW National Cemetery on Friday, December 30, 2022, at 9:30 am.
Don was born December 17, 1931, in Osmond, Nebraska, the son of Archie Graves and Lois Halleen Graves. He was a graduate of Norfolk High School. After graduating from high school, Don enlisted in the Navy, along with his two brothers, Dwayne and Everett, serving four years. Donald met and married his wife, Joan, in 1953. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on August 28, 2022.
After his time in service, Don was employed by Norfolk Printing Company in Norfolk, Nebraska for 35 years. From there, he and his family moved to Marble Falls, Texas, where he was employed by United States Postal Service and built 3 houses. After retiring from USPS, he moved to Commerce Texas. Don loved to fish and watch his favorite team, the San Francisco 49’ers, and NASCAR’s Jimmy Johnson.
Don is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joan Graves; his brother, Everett Graves; and 3 daughters, Sheri Harmeier and husband, Bob, Danette Buker and husband, Jess, and Valorie Graves; grandchildren, Dawn Anderson, Dusty Harmeier, Shelly Sutten, Melanie Bauer, Michele Buker, Tamara L’Mehr and Brandon Buker; 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great- great- grandchild.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Lois Graves, his two sisters, Jean Peterson, and Janice Veeder, and his brother, Dwayne Graves.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Don’s memory to the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum in Commerce, Texas.
Arrangements for interment at DFW National Cemetery are pending.
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