VIRGINIA -- R. Steven “Rudy” Graves, 68, of Charleston, IL and formerly of Virginia, IL died Saturday, March 3, 2018 at his home.
He was born on July 23, 1949 in Peoria, IL, the son of John R. and Ruby N. Strowmatt Graves.
He is survived by four children, Steven W. Graves of Springfield, Sara Garza (husband, Nathaniel) of San Antonio, TX, Jennifer Hays (husband, Eric) of Virginia, and Ali Trizzle (husband, Justice) of Charleston and 10 grandchildren, William Garza, Natalie Garza, Samuel Garza, Matthew Garza, Deborah Garza, Amelia Hays, Norah Hays, Tessa Hays, Bryant Hays, and Landen Trizzle. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Autumn Graves in infancy.
Steven graduated from Virginia High School and attended Illinois College. He served stateside in the US Marine Corps from 1971-73 during the Vietnam War. He was employed for over 30 years with Ameren-CIPS prior to his retirement and was currently working part-time with the Eastern Illinois University transportation system.
He enjoyed shooting pool with his WB’s Pub-N-Grub pool team and bowling with his WB’s Pub-N-Grub bowling team during league competition in the Charleston area. A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rudy also loved rooting for his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Blackhawks.
Graveside funeral services and military honors will be held 11:30 am, Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet friends from 9:30 to 11:00 am Saturday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Coles County Animal Shelter, 6818 N. County Road 1120E, Charleston, IL 61920. Condolences may be sent online at www.buchanancody.com .
A celebration of life will also be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 17, 2018, at WB’s Pub-N-Grub in Charleston, where his family will also greet friends.