BARTLETT — Arthur Dale “Art” Graves, 92, longtime Bartlett farmer and rancher, died at 2:11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at Chetopa Manor.
He was born July 3, 1918, in Neosho, Mo., to Loa and Pearl (Bendure) Graves. As an infant, he moved with his family to Bartlett where he attended Lake Creek School.
He married Lois Neely on March 9, 1941, in Independence. Following marriage, they made their family home in rural Bartlett. During the 1950s and 60s, he operated OK Propane Co. He also was an International Harvester dealer for 18 years, owner of Graves Equipment Co. since 1951, a Bushhog mower distributor and Filson livestock equipment representative.
He attended First Christian Church in Bartlett and was a member of the Edna Masonic Lodge and Mirza Temple in Pittsburg.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Graves of the home; a son, Kenny Graves and his wife, Linda, of Bartlett; two daughters, Carol Wilson and her husband, Rodger, of Chetopa and Linda Ardon and her husband, Ramiro, of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Clifford Graves.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church in Bartlett. Burial will be in Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church in Bartlett. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa.
Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church in Bartlett. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, 67336.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.