Edwin J. Graves was born on April 23, 1933 at Fulton, SD to Lyle and Anna (Harris) Graves. On January 10, 1953 he married Dorothy Hanten at Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; their nine children: James (Vedene) Graves, Mitchell, Russell (Connie) Graves, Ethan, David (Amy) Graves, Mt. Vernon, Cindy (Terry) Naber, St. Lawrence, Jeri (Glenn) Thorson, Brookings, Becky (Dennis) Graves, Forestburg, Sally (Kevin) Buchholz, Loomis, Gaylynn (Doug) Weber, Mitchell and Kaylee (Chad ) Richard, Spearfish; thirty-eight grandchildren, forty-five great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, two sisters: Eva Lebeda, Newburg OR, Rose Stumb, Sioux Falls and one brother, Darold Graves, Newburg, OR.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.