Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
September 22, 2011 1:10 pm EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Rodney A. Graves, 62, of Wooster Road, Mount Vernon, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Mount Vernon.

He was born Nov. 26, 1948, in Mount Vernon to the late William Graves and Bernice (Dixon) Graves Keyes. Rodney served in the United States Army 101st Airborne during Vietnam. He had previously been employed with American National Can in Mount Vernon and FT Precision in Fredericktown. Rodney was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4027, AMVETS Post 95 and Loyal Order of Moose in Mount Vernon.

He is survived by his three children, Heidi Sarchet of St. Louis, Mo., Tana Graves of New York, N.Y., and Nicolas Graves of Mount Vernon; two brothers, William “Bill” Graves of Mount Vernon and David (Gloria) Graves of Mount Vernon; and a sister, Susie (Ed) Patton of Lafayette, Ind.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters, Shirley McPeek, Jeanette Lahrman, Anna Oswalt and Charlotte “Chotsie” Cline.

A graveside memorial service, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will be held Friday, Sept. 23, beginning at 3 p.m. in Mound View Cemetery. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Rodney A. Graves.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the family of Rodney Graves for the continued education of Nicolas.

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