Bill Grave obit
MR. GRAVES William Henry Graves William Henry Graves, 90, Salina, died Friday, March 18, 2005. Mr. Graves was born May 23, 1914, in Mentor to William Preston and Alice Grace (Hawn) Graves. He was chairman of the board and former president of Graves Truck Line until his retirement in 1982. He also owned and operated the former Graves Truck and Auto Museum, Salina. He also had farming and ranching operations in the Salina area. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and U.S. Army, where he was stationed in France during World War II in charge of transportation services. He was discharged from the Army on Jan. 17, 1946. He received an honorary doctor of public service degree from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1979. He served as a director on many boards, including Kansas Wesleyan, Salina YMCA, United Way, Asbury Hospital, St. John's Military School, Planters State Bank and Trust Co., Bank IV, Columbia Union National Bank and Trust Co. in Kansas City, Mo., Peoples State Bank and Trust Co. of Ellinwood and Coronado Area Council of Boy Scouts. He received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards from the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scout building in Salina is named after him. He was past president of Salina Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Kansas Cavalry, Gridiron Club, Salina Country Club, Rotary Club and Salina Elks Lodge 718. He was also a member of Salina Masonic Lodge 60, KCCH, Salina Scottish Rite Consistory, Isis Shrine and Court 94, Royal Order of Jesters. He served as president of Kansas Motor Carriers Association and was on the board of governors of American Trucking Associations Inc. In 1972, he received the Salina YMCA's Distinguished Citizens Award. In 1998, he was inducted into Kansas Business Hall of Fame. He was appointed to the Kansas Highway Commission by Gov. Mike Hayden. He married Helen Mayo on Nov. 6,1940, at First United Methodist Church, Salina. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dwight L. and John A.; and five sisters, Alice M. Ely, Ada L. Bennett, Marjorie G. Hamilton, Mary J. McLeod and Eleanor L. Murdock. Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Salina; a daughter, Martha Reese and husband Mark of Greenwood Village, Colo.; a son, former Kansas Gov. William P. and wife Linda of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Lowell P. of Mission; a sister, Ruth M. Green of Georgetown, Texas; and three grandchildren, Rachel Elizabeth Reese, Garrett Adam Reese and Katherine Preston Graves. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Troy Bowers and Mr. Gary Sherrer officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, Salina Presbyterian Manor or a charity that reflects Mr. Graves' interests. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, where the family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. For information and condolences, go to www.ryan mortuary.com.