Former Steamboat Springs resident LeRoy Graves, of Hygiene, died Feb. 2, 2009, at Longmont United Hospital. He was 92.
Mr. Graves was born in Longmont to Charles Roscoe and Mabel Meta (Molsberry) Graves, on April 28, 1916. He grew up on a farm west of Berthoud where his family moved when he was very young. All his life he loved farming and when people remarked from observing his overalls that he must be a farmer, he would reply "and proud of it."
Mr. Graves graduated from Berthoud High School in 1934. He married Ruby Hall on Dec. 29, 1938, in Longmont.
Mr. Graves grew up and operated the family farm with his brothers until 1968. He moved to Steamboat Springs with his wife, Ruby, where he operated a ranch with his brother for several years. The couple later moved to Hygiene, where Mr. Graves worked on two dairy farms until he retired.
Mr. and Mrs. Graves lost their only child, Dorothy Mae, in 1962, but always retained their love for children. They raised several foster children, and former residents still remark how the couple was like grandparents to their children.
Mr. Graves was a charter member of the Little Thompson Grange.
Mr. Graves was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruby, in 1997; daughter Dorothy Mae Hancock; his parents; sisters Reva Bradney, Alice Crosby and Hazel Coler; and brothers Willard Graves, Charles Robert Graves and Oscar Myron Graves.
He is survived by one brother, Jay, of Denver; and numerous nieces, nephews, foster children and close family friends.
Cremation is being handled by Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Contributions can be made to Friends of the Lyons Depot Library and sent to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Share your condolences at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com.
Per LeRoy's wish, no services are scheduled.