Thursday 14th of January 1943 - Tuesday 19th of October 2021
Celebration of Life
Milward - Man O' War
1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY
Director Milward Funeral Directors
Don Graves, 78, was born in Flint, MI on 1/14/1943 and passed away on Tuesday October 19, 2021. He was married to his wife Cheryl for 56 years and had 2 children. He worked at IBM for 42 years and retired in Lexington, KY.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Cheryl Graves; son Ben (Carrie) Graves; daughter Lindsay (Andy) Romero; grandchildren Reilley and Clay Graves and Harrison and Isabel Romero; brothers Jim and Jerry Graves.
Don was an avid golfer at Spring Valley Country Club. He loved music and enjoyed spending time on his deck with friends and family. He also loved watching and betting on most sports and attending Keeneland each season. His favorite memories came from the various family vacations we all went on.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday October 25that Milward-Man O’ War at 1509 Trent Boulevard, Lexington, KY 40515 from 4pm to 7pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lexington Humane Society.
Just heard about Don's passing and it makes me remember so many great times at IBM. He was a great manager and had a great sense of humor. My heart is saddened by the news and I have your entire family in my prayers. I'll always remember Don with a smile on his face.
Bill & Judy Montgomerysays
Cheryl, Ben, Lindsay and family, We are so sorry about Don's passing. We know we don't have to tell you about what a special person he was. One of those friends that we always think about and will always remember. Our days at IBM together will always be treasured. Both the time at work and even more so socializing outside of work. Don liked to party and we loved partying with him. When he moved to Cedar Rapids , and we moved to Moline, we were still able to enjoy many times together with Don and Cheryl. Cheryl was the perfect wife for Don and you both can be so proud of your children and grandchildren. When we moved to Boca Raton, and you moved to Lexington, we haven't been able to get together much, but please know that we are here for you whenever needed. Bill & Judy Montgomery
I have nothing but great memories of Don. A great colleague and a genuinely good fellow, and a great help to me in Cedar Rapids when I was starting out in management.
Suzanne and Robert Korinkesays
To the Graves Family: We share so many beautiful memories of Don and our time together in Cedar Rapids. Of course, Robert remembers the great Admin Manager that helped him run the Cedar Rapids office. I remember the many outings where Don worked tirelessly to ensure great times for colleagues. Our deepest sympathy to your family --your loss is the most imminent thing on your mind today; but, may you be sustained in the months and years to come by your incredible remembrances of a husband, father, and grandfather who made a difference in the world.
Cheryl, Ben and Lyndsay: So sorry to hear about Don. I have so many wonderful memories from Derby Parties, neighborhood get togethers, our amazing trip to the beach and of course swim meets. Love you guys! Condolences and prayers! So glad of our times together!
Marlene and Dan Turnersays
Wonderful video which really captured his fun loving spirit and love of family. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. Our sincere condolences to the family.