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John W. Graves, 68, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away January 22, 2018. He was born in Ottumwa, Iowa on January 19, 1950, the son of Roy L. and Blanche Stookesberry Graves.

He graduated from Davis County High School in 1968 and was a graduate on Northeast Missouri Teachers College in Kirksville.

John married Charlene Schlotter on September 5, 1980 in Lake Ozark, Missouri.

He had worked as a substitute teacher at Ottumwa High School, Petefish Scale Yards, Kirksville Livestock Market, American Images Aerial Photography, and owned Johns Auction House in Downing, Missouri.

John enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards with his friends in Downing. Most of all, he enjoyed his family; daughter, Patricia (Scott) Murdock and grandson, Mack, of Las Vegas, Nevada, who looked forward to trips to the farm to fish and ride the ATV; son, George (Melanie Shaw) Graves, and grandson, Bryer, who truly gets excited about fireworks, and Isaac and Drew Cramer of Bloomfield, Iowa.

John is survived by his wife, Charlene; children, Patricia and George and their families; mother, Blanche Graves; sisters, Mary (Gerald) Bragg, Bonnie O. (Wayne) Glosser; brothers-in-law, Robert, Richard, and Rodney Schlotter; as-well-as many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Graves; infant brother Jimmie Carl; step-sister, Helen L. Aeschliman; step-brother, Lewis Graves; mother and father-in-law, Eloise Fry and Harold Schlotter; and sister-in-law, Shirley Schlotter.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Burial will be at the Inskeep Cemetery in Davis County. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials have been established to the Bloomfield Avenue of Flags and to his grandchildrens college education. Online condolences may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 23, 2018
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