Herbert Graves

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Herbert L. Graves, 81, of Belleville, IL, born July 30, 1940, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, October 11, 2021, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Our Dad was a carpenter most of his life. In his younger years, he was a title holding Golden Gloves boxer. (We put this in here because Dad would want everyone to know) He enjoyed making people laugh, dancing, cooking, fishing, and woodworking. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Dad turned his life over to God and loved talking to everyone about Jesus. He was a man of strong faith and will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Rita A. Graves, nee Horn, whom he married on December 31, 1968, and who died on February 2, 2017; his parents, Oscar and Nina, nee Brown, Graves; and two brothers, Harold Graves and Richard Graves.

He is survived by his children, Angela S. (John) Snyder, Steven R. (Lori) Graves, Julia (Jerry) Fisher, Sherry (Scott) Giles, Cynthia (Dave) Conley, Robert G. Graves, Jeffery Johnson, and Kevin (Denise) Kaszuba; a special friend, Patricia Muckenstrum; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Ernest (Irene) Graves; and two sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Lee) Rich of Carlyle, IL, and Brenda Cohen of California; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.  Condolences may be expressed online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, October 16, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Saturday, October 16, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Jeff Chism officiating. Masks are required.

Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



12 Comments on Herbert Graves

Cathy&Doyle Whitten said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2021 at 1:05 AM

Dear Angie, we loved Herbie but from a distance bc of Illiness_Doyles. Please give me a call 618 556 1050. Doyle just passed Oct 4_ 21 Obit should be out this weekend Prayers for you and family. Herbie and Rita we're one of a kind.

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois
Dave and Pam O’Neal said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2021 at 9:27 AM

We were shocked to learn of Herb’s passing. He was special to us and we will sure miss him. We will keep your family in prayer for strength and peace

  • Columbia
  • IL
Michelle said : Guest Report Oct 15, 2021 at 6:37 PM

My heart breaks for you Julie and the entire Graves family. 💔 Praying for peace that passes all understanding to wrap around you, memories to comfort you and reminders everywhere of the hope we have that we will meet again! Herb was one of the gentle giants. Bid and strong, yet soft and loving. I will always remember his big smiles and open arms. Lucky him to see what Heaven looks like and again hug his beautiful Love!!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Chrissy said : Guest Report Oct 15, 2021 at 10:34 AM

I just want to see "those guns" one more time. You were a father to me for so many years. I am going to miss you so big. My heart is breaking for the Graves family. Only you and my dad and Aunt were allowed to call me Chrissy.

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Dean Muckensturm said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2021 at 8:25 PM

My condolences go out to the Graves family. Herb was definitely one of a kind and will be missed by the many lives he touched.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jason Rich said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2021 at 6:08 PM

To the Graves Family! We are really sorry to hear about Uncle Herb!! I have a lot of fond memories of him from when I was younger!!! Prayers going out to all of the family!! 👏

  • Union
  • Missouri
Lisa and Marty Abilez said : Guest Report Oct 13, 2021 at 7:39 PM

To the Graves Family: My husband and I are sad to hear of Herb's passing. We got to know him at Cutters. He was funny, fun, personable and a very nice person. We will hold his memory in our hearts. God Bless you all!

  • Maryville
  • IL
Terry Schwarz said : Guest Report Oct 13, 2021 at 1:10 PM

What a great man.RIP Herb you buddy T-Bone

  • Daytona Beach
  • Florida
clb585@charter.net said : Guest Report Oct 13, 2021 at 12:36 AM

My condolences to you and your family Angie , sending hugs and prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Janet Cullen-Shearrer said : Guest Report Oct 12, 2021 at 8:55 PM

To the Graves Family: My condolences goes out to the entire family! I have fond memories of Herb and considered him as my second dad! Please know that he is now with his beautiful wife, Rita, and always watching over his family! My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family! Love, Janet

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Derrick Stephens said : Guest Report Oct 12, 2021 at 6:16 PM

Dear Angie and family, I sincerely send my regards and regret I will not be in town due to work. Your father was a larger than life man whom many were not only inspired by, but also hugely respected. Herb was an impressive man and a figure to admire. Deepest sympathy from my family to yours. Derrick/D-Rock....love

  • Swansea
  • Il
Bridget Garland Keith said : Guest Report Oct 12, 2021 at 5:51 PM

Norm and I are so,so sorry for your loss. Your dad always had a smile on his face. Just a really good guy. He will be missed

  • IL

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