James Edward Graves, beloved husband and father, died peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on September 4, 2022. James was born on April 7, 1945 to Robert and Grace (Schultz) Graves of Winona, MN. He graduated from Winona Senior high school in 1963 and Winona Tech School for Auto Body Repair a year later. He enlisted in the United States Navy for 4 years and was honorably discharged in 1969.
He married Sandy Pittelko and they had Robert, Betsy, and Amanda. They later divorced.
On November 16, 1996, Jim married Karen Boettcher (Kaufman).
Jim enjoyed fixing up vehicles, leather working, and hunting. Jim and Karen enjoyed their family and friends and was always outgoing, sociable, and always ready to help anyone. When he lost part of his leg due to problems while in the Navy, he worked on puzzles and had quite the puzzle library. He also loved playing cards and getting out on his motorized scooter. Jim felt blessed with Karen, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and his Pleasant Valley Church.
James is survived by his loving wife, Karen, of 26 Years; daughters Betsy (Rich) Moenkedick of Red Wing, MN, Amanda (Matt) Schaeuble of Burnsville, MN, and step-son Mike (Kristin) Boettcher of LaCrescent, MN. He is also survived by his 7 grandchildren: Nick, Sammie, Daxon, Olivia (Nick), Reid (Jaynie), Brynna, and Collins as well as 2 great-grandchildren, Cassen and Theo. James is also survived by his brother and sisters: Kenneth Graves, Sue (Ken) Baker, and Nancy (Steve) Anderson.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Grace Graves, and son, Robert Graves.
Visitation will take place on Monday, September 12, 2022 at Pleasant Valley Church from 9 – 10:45 a.m. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m., following the visitation. A luncheon will follow the memorial service at Pleasant Valley Church. A private burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Hoff Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family. www.hofffuneral.com