Paul Robert Graves, 53, of Belleville, IL, born March 8, 1959, in East St. Louis, IL, died suddenly Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.
Paul worked as a printer. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, loved the great outdoors and the boating life, and enjoyed spending time with friends and loved ones, especially his fiancée, Barb, and his canine companions, Bo and Jim. Paul was a friend to all and will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene M. and Jeanette, nee Pasznski, Graves; and a sister-in-law, Michelle Graves.
Surviving are his fiancée, Barbara Heisler of Belleville, IL;
two step-children, Jason Heisler and Sara Heisler;
two brothers and a sister, Roger (Donna) Graves of Troy, IL,
Patricia Dixon of Orlando, FL,
and Brian Graves of Belleville, IL;
and nieces and nephews, Tim, Joy, Tiffany, and Shawn Graves,
Amanda and Monica Graves, Stacy Hibbert Bott, and Ryan Bott.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Roger Graves officiating.
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Paul, The Rider of the Blue Steel Beauty. Paul was definately one of the good ones and he will be missed.
Michael W. Causey, Columbia, Il, 62236
My deepest sympathies to Brian, Barb, Roger, and Patti; and sorrow for all of us. Paul is responsible for an entire network of good-humored friends. His influence will survive in all of us as long as we live.
Jim Gibbs, Chandler, AZ, 85286
Roger, Patti and Brian -please accept my heartfelt sympathy. I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the wake. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you Anita Becherer
Anita R. Becherer, Swansea, Il, 62226
Barb , I am not sure if you remember me but we(Dave Hackett) use to go Boating on the river with you two. Paul was a wonderful man and always happy. I have fond memories with the two of you on the houseboat.Sorry for your loss.
Caryn Williams, Ofallon , il, 62269
Barb, I just heard about Paul from Gary, your neighbor, today by phone. I am so very sorry for your loss. I don't head to Belleville very often. You are in my prayers and Brad also offers his condolences. Paul sure did love Bo and Jim. I would see him brushing them outside and talking to them. I will stop by next time I am in Belleville.
Julie Juarez, Greenville , IL, 62246