DUNEDIN, Fla. — Floren A. Graves fell ill unexpectedly on Feb. 17 and died on Feb. 21, 2010, at Mease-Dunedin Hospital in Dunedin, Fla.
He was born March 30, 1928, in Hartford City, Ind., to Andrew and Ethyl (Wentz) Graves. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force as part of the Occupation Force in Japan at the end of World War II, operating a radio station. He told his family how he had seen the devastation where the atomic bombs were dropped. He joined PPG Industries, where he became a master glass cutter and also a supervisor, retiring after 37 years of service. Mr. Graves was a member, for many years, of both the Elks and Moose organizations.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Francis (Sharp) Graves; sisters, Anna Schmidt Pulley, Flora Marley and Alice Lyon Wendel; brother, Rex Graves; and daughter, Donna Graves.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Bonnie S. Graves; brother, Art Graves (Judy); son, John Graves (Patty); granddaughter, Beth Ann Osborne; and grandson, Wade Graves. He is also survived by a total of 95 nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. He will be missed by his family and friends and by his best friend and constant companion, Baxter.
Friends and relatives who wish to join in celebrating Floren’s life are invited to meet at his home on March 30 between 2 and 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Humane Society of Citrus County, 751 S. Smith Ave., Inverness, FL 34451. Condolences may be offered at www.wilderfuneral.com.
Submitted by Art Graves.