John A. Graves

John A. Graves, 82, of Peoria passed away at home peacefully in his sleep August 10, 2017.  He was born July, 12, 1935, in Waubay, South Dakota to Clifford and Alta (Watkins) Graves.  The family moved to Peoria in 1937.

John served in the U.S. Army before marrying his sweetheart, Katherine Klar in 1957.  He retired from Rohn Manufacturing after 44 years of service.

A devoted family man, he had a love of the outdoors, frequently camping, fishing and hunting as well as a love for auto racing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Gary, Don and Bud, and sister Marge.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine, sisters Lois and Donna, brother Robert, daughter Renee, sons John, Kurt and Jeff as well as 6 grandchildren.

Visitation at 9:30 am, followed by 11 am service will be held Tuesday, August 15th at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria. Military Honors will follow the service. Pastor Jack Mackowiak will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Cremations rites will be accorded following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Illinois Cancer Care or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. To make online condolences you may go to

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