Charles Graves, longtime resident of Berthoud and Steamboat Springs, died July 6, 2008. He was 96.
Charles Robert Graves was born Aug. 30, 1911, in Longmont, to Charles Roscoe and Mabel (Molsberry) Graves. When he was 5, the family moved to a farm west of Berthoud. Charles attended Red Rock School and graduated from Berthoud High School with the Class of 1929. He graduated from Colorado A&M (presently Colorado State University) with a degree in forestry.
During the 1930s, Charles worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps as a foreman thinning forests. As a forester, he never lost his love for trees and was a longtime member of the Arbor Day Foundation.
During the 1940s and 1950s, he farmed with his brothers on the Graves family farm west of Berthoud. During the 1960s and 1970s, he operated a ranch near Steamboat Springs. On the subject of farming, friends remember him remarking that, "farming isn't necessarily a good living, but it's a good life."
During the 1980s and 1990s, he resided on various farms in the area and pursued his passion for gardening. His friends remember him best for the beautiful vegetables he grew in his organic gardens. A man before his time, Charles seemed to cling to the (now trendy) notion of being one with nature, relying on whole milk from his cow, eggs he gathered from his chickens and vegetables he grew in his garden.
Charles is survived by three brothers, Willard of Berthoud, LeRoy of Hygiene, and Jay Graves of Denver. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles R. and Mabel Graves; three sisters, Reva Bradney, Alice Crosby and Hazel Coler; and one brother, Myron Graves.
A memorial service is at 2 p.m. July 16, 2008, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 309 N. County Road 21, Berthoud. Memorial fund donations may be sent to: The Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th St., Lincoln, NE, 68508.