Tex H. DeGraves, 72, Rapid River, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at his home after a courageous four year battle with cancer.
He was born in Orangeburg, SC, on July 1, 1943, son of Wilbert and Doris (Wester) DeGrave.
Tex moved to Rapid River in his early childhood and graduated from Rapid River High School in 1961.
He served in the United States Air Force.
Tex was employed at MeadWestvaco for 37 years and retired in 2006.
On February 14, 1993, he married Geri C. Dominguez in Gladstone.
Tex was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his garden and flying his Ultralight air plane. His family referred to the plane as the “lawnmower in the sky”.
Tex was an avid pool player in the area for over 30 years and loved teaching the game to many.
He loved his family cherished the time that he spent with them.
Tex is survived by his loving wife, Geri; children, Tuesday, Michelle, Amy, Jason (Lynnea) and Nathan (Jessica)Degraves; step children, Deacon Batchelor, Brendan Ballas and Hannah (Alex) Olthoff; mother, Doris DeGrave; siblings, Janet Thompson, Gary (Patricia) DeGrave, Debbie (Craig) Olson, Michael DeGrave, Richard (Patti) DeGrave, Blaine (Charlene) DeGrave and Dan (Holly) DeGrave; 23 grandchildren; 11 great greatchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbert and his brother in law, Walter Thompson.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Rapid River Congregational Church. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 5 p.m. with Pastor Bill Rafuse officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the DeGraves family.