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May 6, 1959 August 26, 2021
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Ricky Leon Graves (62) Crescent City, CA
Deceased August 26th, 2021, Crescent City
From complications with Delta Variant Covid Pneumonia

Rick was born May 6th, 1959 in Denver, CO to Vernal and Madean Graves, the youngest of four siblings. During his childhood and teenage years, Rick was very active in the church where he played the drums, sang in a traveling quartet with his father and accomplished many achievements in the Royal Rangers.
Rick was married forty years to his beautiful wife Kipp in Glenwood Springs, CO on the “12th of never” on a “September morn” 1981. Shortly thereafter, Rick and Kipp moved to the Sacramento Valley, where their oldest son Lucas was born. Rick became a correctional officer with the CDCR and his first assignment Rick fondly referred to as Wackyville. He worked there until a new prison opened in the Redwood Empire in the far northern corner of California, where the mountains meet the sea. Before they moved though, Rick and Kipp welcomed their second bundle of Joy, Katie. In Crescent City, Rick enjoyed his job working at Pelican Bay, where he had and assortment of jobs. He ran recycling; he oversaw visitation; he was responsible for recruiting; promoted to lieutenant; and commander of the honor guard his absolute favorite. With the honor guard, he had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to D.C. and be a part of the national convention that honors all fallen officers in the line of duty. He retired after 30 years of faithful service. While living in Crescent City, Kipp wanted more children but her first two birthings were difficult. After Katie, Kipp told Rick that “you are going to have to have the next kid.” And so he did, Rick and Kipp traveled to Russia and adopted two children Annie and Jesse. Rick enjoyed inventing and tinkering. He embodied the expression, “jack of all trades.” He loved doing theater, and got his whole family involved. Rick and Kipp traveled the world and saw over half the United States. Rick also loved the church and after 20 years, his passion for drumming returned. He was a leader, a servant, and a role model, whose life had an eternal impact on many. He was an incredible grandfather and his children’s best friend. He will be missed. He is survived by his Mother, Madean; his three siblings, Jerry, Leonard, and David; His wife, Kipp; four kids; Lucas, Katie, Annie and Jesse; nine grandkids and one daughter-in-law and two sons-in-law that he treated as his own, and George.

Courageous Faithful Honorable Tenacious

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 17th at 1:00 at Brookings Nazarene Church as well as online through the church’s Facebook page. There will be a short reception right after the service, and then concludes at the graveside at 4:00 at IOOF cemetery in Crescent City. Pastor Kris Hayne to officiate. Funeral Home: Redwood Memorial Chapel For more info please contact 541-469-2571 Flower and/or funeral donations can be made in KIpp Graves’ name and sent to 1600 Chetco Ave. Brookings, OR 97415

I want to thank the Sutter Coast Medical team for all their hard work and perseverance through our darkest moments. And Brookings Nazarene Church for showering us with love, support, and prayers.

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Service

Friday

17

Sep

1:00 PM 9/17/2021 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 9/17/2021 2:00:00 PM
Brookings Church of the Nazarene

1600 Chetco Avenue
Brookings, OR 97415

Reception will follow service at Church.

Brookings Church of the Nazarene
1600 Chetco Avenue Brookings 97415 OR
United States

Graveside

Friday

17

Sep

4:00 PM 9/17/2021 4:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 9/17/2021 5:00:00 PM
I.O.O.F. Cemetery

400 E Cooper Ave.
Crescent City, CA 95531

I.O.O.F. Cemetery
400 E Cooper Ave. Crescent City 95531 CA
United States
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