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Donald Graven

September 19, 1928 — February 7, 2014

Donald Graven


DONALD EVERETT GRAVEN SR., 85, of Arcola, IL formerly of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 11:12 P.M. on Friday, February 7, 2014 at his residence.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Edwards Funeral Home. Rev. Jess Adams will officiate. Burial with Military Rites will be in the Arcola Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, February 10, 2014 at the Edwards Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence please visit

Donald was born on September 19, 1928 in Shelbyville, IL. He was a son of Ray Charles and Ethyl Oka (Jennings) Graven. He married Halyeverne “Laverne” Wildman on May 21, 1955 in Mattoon, IL. She passed away on May 1, 1980.

He is survived by three children: Deborah Graven Walters of Mattoon, IL, Donna Adams and her husband Rod of Humboldt, IL and Donald Graven Jr. of Arcola, IL; eight grandchildren: Heather Harshbarger, Christopher Pollock, Shawna Pollock, Rodney Adams Jr. Derrick Adams, Tiffany Rowley, Joshua Graven and Marissa Graven; ten great-grandchildren, Brianna Harshbarger, Madison Yoder, Julian Harshbarger, Deaonna Pollock, twins, Tryntan and Taylan Pollock, Cory Adams, Justin Adams, Gavin Adams and Mason Rowley; one great-great-grandchild on the way; two sisters: Elizabeth Muller of Joliet, IL and Louise Heathcock of Shelbyville, IL and three brothers: David Eugene Graven and his wife Mary Ann of Clarksville, TN, Robert Graven and James Graven both of Shelbyville, IL.

Donald was an Army Veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother, Charles Graven and one sister, Eilene Woods.

Donald had worked at Kraft in Champaign, IL and retired after 25 years; he was an Arcola Police Officer for nine years and worked at the Arcola Lumber Co. until he finally retired for the last time when he was in his late 70s.

He was an avid Bears fan and St. Louis Cardinals fan and he enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Arcola Library or to the American Cancer Society.

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