Harold Douglas Graves,90, of Oroville died at his home with his wife at his side on April 11, 2012.
He was born Aug 13, 1921 in Reed Springs, Stone County, Missouri. He moved to Oroville in the Spring of 1926 and has been a resident here for 86 years. He has worked as a logger and miner and a welder in in the Kaiser shipyards in Richman during WWII. He also worked 33 years the Wyandotte Olive and Growers Plant, Lindsey Olives and Calif Canners. His position at Wyandotte Olives was Plant manger and industrial engineer and he was always willing to help others with his skills. He also had a 160 acre ranch and grew olives, rice and prunes. He had a busy life and was well known for his mechanical abilities. He also loved hunting, fishing and dancing with his wife and friends.
Harold is survived by his wife of 69 years Esther; nephews, Bill Graves, of Colorado, Ron Graves, of Oroville, Cleo “Red” Steele, of Redding, Kenny Ray and Kevin Owen, both of Gridley, Monte Graves, of Oregon, Rob Graves, of Oroville and Brian Graves, of Arizona; niece, Cathy Graves Martin, of Oroville and great nieces and nephews.
Harold is preceded in death by his last brother William Kenneth Graves who died on November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving Day. A visitation was held at Scheer Memorial on Sunday, April 15, 1 to 5 p.m. A funeral service was also held at Scheer on Monday, April 16 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Y.M.C.A., Oroville Library or to your charity of choice.