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Robert R. Graves

May 13, 1948 ~ July 17, 2021 (age 73)


             Robert Richard Graves, age 73, of Boot Lake, died at his home under the tender care of his family on Saturday morning, July 17, 2021.  Bob was born on May 13, 1948 in Manistique to Robert and Hilda (Karr) Graves.  He grew up in the Boot Lake area and attended school in Shingleton and Munising.  Bob started working and logging in the woods with his father and brothers and spent a lot of his youth in the lumber camps in the area.  Bob married Linda LaRock in 1966 and together raised their three boys.  He was a hard-working man all his life.    Bob, Linda, and the boys moved to Vestaburg, Michigan and he continued logging.  Eventually, Beaver Island became home to the Graves family and Bob logged there.   He was an entrepreneur with businesses that not only included logging, but Iverson’s Snowshoe, a log home business, and a panel kit business. 

            Bob was a passionate outdoorsman.  He enjoyed being in the woods, hunting, fishing, and trapping.  Bob earned his private pilot license and he and Linda enjoyed traveling around the country.  He also enjoyed SCUBA diving and watching Westerns, history shows, and wildlife shows on television. Bob was a social man who truly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and he always made new friends wherever he went. 

            Bob is survived by his wife of over 55 years – Linda Graves of Boot Lake; their sons – Robert (Lorena) Graves of Stanton, MI, Kurt (Kathy) Graves of Edmore, MI, and Eric (Barbara) Graves of Fraser, MI; his mother – Hilda Graves of Boot Lake; grandchildren – Gunnar, Tawny, Anthony, Ryan, Chantel, Brenden, and Breanna; great-grandchildren – Freia, Destiny, Ayden, and Aubrey; siblings – Arlene Green, Brenda (Hank) St. Amour, Dan (Mary) Graves, and Chris (Rita) Graves; sister-in-law - Cheri Graves; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Bob was preceded in death by an infant son, his father Robert Graves, and his brother Tim Graves.

            Upcoming services will be announced at a later date.

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