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Kraft Funeral Service & Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park

2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN

OBITUARY

James Benedict Graves Sr. "Ben"

June 27, 1938March 22, 2020
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James Benedict Graves, Sr. "Ben" of New Albany, Indiana, formerly from Louisville, KY, passed away on Sunday March 22, 2020 surrounded by hi s family. He retired from Phillip Morris where he was a maintenance supervisor. Prior to that,he was employed by General Electric at Appliance Park where he was a model maker for many years. Ben completed an apprenticeship in cabinet making and was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels, the Moose, and the Elks. He was past Booster Club President at St. Rita Catholic Church.

Ben was an avid outdoorsman and talented handyman, able to make or fix just about anything. He enjoyed helping his family and many friends with various projects over the years, especially at their beloved camp at Old Town Leavenworth, Indiana and Live Oak RV Resort in Arcadia, Florida. Ben loved being on the water, whether it was Dale Hollow Lake, the Ohio River, or the Peace River in Florida.

Ben was preceded in death by his father, Joseph D. Graves; mother, Mary Regina Graves; and brother, Donald Graves. Survivors include his spouse of 25 years, Linda Graves; former spouse. Ann Graves; brother, David Graves; sister, Marilyn Freeman (Bill); son, Ben Graves, Jr. (Therese); daughters, Julie Kelley (Mark) and Jennifer Eberle; step-daughter, Krista Campisano (James), step-son,Steven Kraemer (Lori); 10 grandchildren, Anthony Kelley (Jenna), Austin Kelley (Liz), Paige Eberle, Danielle Graves, Taylor Eberle, Rebecca Graves, Sarah Graves, Ryan Campisano, Cara Campisano, and Lukas Kraemer; and 3 great grandchildren.

Visitation and service is for immediate family only due to COVID-19 concerns. The funeral service will be streamed on Facebook Live on Kraft Funeral Services Facebook page at 2 pm on Wednesday, March 25th. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hosparus of Southern Indiana, 502 Hausfeldt Lane, New Albany, IN 47150.

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Joyce Hamilton

March 26, 2020

I am Bennies first cousin and was Joyce Young. Aunt Regina was my dads sister. I spent a week once with Marilyn (Bennies sister) a long long time age. I remember that Bennie bought us ice cream. Being from the country, it was a real treat for me. I always remembered Bennie because of that as I haven't seen him for years. You all have my deepest sympathy.

Carol Graham

March 25, 2020

Dear Linda and Family,
We send our love, prayers and condolences for your loss. We all loved Ben so much and our hearts are hurting with you all. Ben truly was the dearest man. It always felt good just to be with him. He had an amazing way of listening and making you feel like he cared deeply fo you. We wish you comfort and peace in your hearts knowing he is in the arms of the angels.
Love always,
Mark, Carol, Melanie, Joe, Beckett, Graham and Baby Sister

Michael and Cathy Morris

March 25, 2020

Just remembering what a nice person he was. Our condolences to the whole family , especially Benny, Julie and Jennifer. The Morris Family from Cutler Road.

gerald murphy

March 25, 2020

Sorry to hear the news about Ben. He was a very upbeat guy every time I was around him. I live in Florida now and just got the news today. I remember the family reunions and the family outings up at the ole farm of Grand Daddy Youngs. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God Bless. Gerald Murphy, cousin.

Patsy Miles

March 24, 2020

So sorry, Marylin, Dave and Bens wife, children and grandchildren. I have such wonderful memories of my cousin Ben who loved to hunt and fish on our farm. He was always so fun filled, kind and had such an infectious laugh just like his Mom, my aunt Regina. May he Rest In Peace, love and prayers to all,

Patsy Murphy Miles

Kenneth & Leona newman

March 24, 2020

So very sorry for you loss Linda & family. He was a wonderful, kind man. He surely will be missed. RIP Ben...

Nilia Arnold

March 24, 2020

Linda, Gilly and I are so sorry. Prayers for you and family. Sending love and hugs. Have many great memories. Of you and Ben

. Will always carry them close to our hearts. Love and prayers

Christopher Ehren

March 24, 2020

Ben - Condolences and love during this time.

From Christopher E. & His Mom...

Tom and Kris Wieckowski

March 24, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to you, Linda and all your family.
It was truly wonderful to have you as neighbors at the river.

Jane Lanhan

March 24, 2020

Such a beautiful obituary... Ben had such a wonderful smile. Prayers to Linda and Ben’s family.

God Bless you all.

Jane Lanham

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