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James G. Graven

Funeral services for James G. Graven will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday July 13, 2004 at the First United Methodist Church, Jefferson, Iowa.

Interment will be in Franklin Township Cemetery, Cooper, Iowa.

Public visitation will start after 8:00 am on Monday at Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00-8:00pm Monday evening at the funeral home.

James Gordon Graven, son of Raymond and Ella Knapper Graven, was born on February 20, 1923 in Jefferson, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Lois Lawton on September 1, 1946 at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson, Iowa.

Jim was engaged in farming all his life. He received the Greene County Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 1956 and his farm qualified for the “Century Farm Award” in 1987. Jim was a ten year member of the Greene County School Board, served as President of the Greene County Cattleman’s Association, and was a Greene County Advisor for the “Children & Families of Iowa” organization of Des Moines, Iowa. His other memberships included Lions Club, Morning Star Masonic Lodge #159 and the Eastern Star, Greene County Farm Bureau and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine. Jim was active in the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson, and had served as a Trustee and member of the Administrative Board for many years.

James G. Graven died July 9 2004 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He was 81 years of age.  Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Lois of Jefferson; two sons, Randall Graven and fiancée Judi Butterfield and Dennis Graven, all of Jefferson: daughter Sherrinell Graven-Childs and her husband, Glenn of Jefferson; five grandchildren, Bonnie Childs Matthews, Julie Childs, Brandon Childs, Jacki Campbell, Shannon Stephenson, and two great-grandsons, Jacob and Jonathan Stephenson.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Jefferson, Jefferson Public Library and Greene County Historical Society.


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