August 19, 1933 ~ August 23, 2018

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Ft. Lupton, Colorado

Edward Reid Graves Jr. of Fort Lupton died August 23, 2018. He was 85.

A fifth-generation Coloradan, he was born in Pueblo on August 19, 1933, the oldest child of Edward Reid Graves Sr. and Mildred Stewart Graves.

Reid earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal husbandry from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), where he also played football. Reid spent his life sharing his passion for agriculture, particularly the small family farms and ranches. Besides having his own small ranch where he raised cattle and sheep, he was active in many agricultural organizations, including 4-H Catch a Calf, National Western Stock Show and many other boards and committees.

He married Mary Elaine Gregory on Jan. 30, 1971.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; four children from his first marriage: Mike Graves (Kathy Graves), Laurie Livesay, Betsy Goodell (Rob Goodell), and David Graves (Dawn Graves); eight grandchildren: Bailey Vail (Brandon Vail), Addem Goodell, Kim Graves, Kelcie Cleary (Brandon Cleary), Erin Goodell, Sara Graves, Jack Graves, and Ryan Graves; and one great-grandchild: Colson Vail.

Reid was preceded in death by his younger brother, Larry, and is survived by his younger sister, Eleanor Hubbard (Ken Hubbard) and sister-in-law Marie Graves.

A retired consultant of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Reid was a proud member and volunteer with Kiwanis, the Fort Lupton Historical Society, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity (Colorado Delta Chapter).

A service is planned for 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 8th, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8545 East Dry Creek Road, Centennial.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Edward R. and Mildred S. Graves Scholarship fund, c/o Colorado State University.

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  1. I volunteered (worked) with Reid at the National Western Stock Show. For many years we always worked the NWSS parade together. Reid was an awesome man, he will be greatly missed by many. Rest in Peace my friend. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  2. Reid always had a smile and was so super friendly. I really enjoyed volunteering with him at National Western Stock Show. He will be greatly missed. RIP.

  3. Our deepest sympathies to Elaine and family. Reid was such a kind and caring man and always waved or said hello whenever he saw one of us. Rest In Peace Reid. God speed.

  4. Dear Elaine & Family,
    We are very sad to hear about Reid. When you all moved in, Reid gave us a lilac bush from your farm. It is thriving and we will always think of him in the spring, when it blooms.

  5. Dear Elaine and Family,
    I just heard about Reid and I’m very sorry to hear about the accident. I enjoyed working with Reid as part of the South Platte Valley Historical Society and the Prime Rib Club. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend the service Saturday since it conflicts with Trapper Days in Fort Lupton and I am committed to pulling the Chuckwagon in the parade for the Historical Society. Then we will be displaying the chuckwagon at the Fort. I will be making a donation to the SPVHS in memory of Reid. We will miss Reid and hope you continue your participation in our Historical
    Society activities. My sincere regrets,

  6. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Knew Reid through the Prime Rib Club, where always enjoyed visiting with him about real estate, stock show, CSU and family. We will miss him.

  7. Great picture! What admirable, strong and joyful guy. Sad for the passing, but grateful for his life and legacy.

    Grace and peace to you, Elaine.

  8. Reid was a great man always looking out for others. He was always there for me and never judged me i love you and miss you you will always be in my heart with love and respect your partner Jose

  9. I got to spend a bit of time with Reid in Brighton, CO over the last 7 years. Always warm, welcoming, and in good spirit. I am saddened by his passing.

    Peace to him and his whole family.

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