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William S. “Bill” Gravens, 82, of Decatur, passed away on Monday, December 20, 2010, at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.
Bill was born on August 30, 1928, in Glasgow, Kentucky, to Sanford and Ethel (Mansfield) Gravens.
Bill retired after 27 years of service from Kroger Distribution in Fort Wayne.
He served his country during World War II and the Korean War.
He was a member of American Legion Post 43 in Decatur, the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association, and Gerber’s Good Time Coffee Club.
Bill is survived by his companion, Jean Crandall of Berne; three sons, Christopher J. Gravens, David S. Gravens and William S. Gravens, all of Decatur; two daughter, Carol A. Jackson of Monroe and Susie J. (Randy) Johnson of Sylvan Lake, rural Rome City, Indiana; a sister, Barbara J. Thomas of Decatur; four grandchildren, Troy W. Johnson, Amanda Johnson, Christopher Gravens, and Kaylee Gravens; and three great-grandchildren, Tyson, Colton, and Mason.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ann; a son, James; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Visitation is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, December 26, 2010, at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur, and one hour prior to services.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, Rev. Mark Harris officiating.
Burial will take place at Ray Cemetery, rural Monroe, with military graveside rites by the American Legion Post 43 color guard.
Memorials are to the American Legion Post 43 color guard.