Robert Edwin “Bob” Graves, 86, of Millsboro, Del., a devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Nov. 27, 2016.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Graves was born Sept. 16, 1930, attended high school at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and then graduated from Loyola College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He also achieved additional degrees from the University of Baltimore and MIT.
Graves had a distinguished career in the chemical industry, spanning more than 40 years. He started as a research chemist with McCormick & Co. in Baltimore in the 1950s before leaving in 1960 to become a sales manager for Alcolac Chemical Corporation in Baltimore. In 1970, he accepted a job as a sales manager for Balchem Chemical Corporation in Slate Hill, N.Y., and his career with Balchem continued into the 1990s, when he retired.
Having always had an interest in antiques, he and his wife, Joyce, turned that collecting hobby into a business in the 1990s when they established Cranberry House Antiques, which is still in operation.
An avid reader of anything scientific or historical, his greatest literary interest was World War II, with Winston Churchill as his all-time historic hero. Dozens of books regarding “Winnie” line his bookshelves. Because of his interest in reading, Graves was a proud supporter of the Friends of the Millsboro Library, helping their fundraising efforts by assisting with their annual galas and book sales for many years. He also served the Town of Millsboro on the town council for a number of years.
Graves was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Aeonah Graves, and a sister, Norma King. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce (Conaway) Graves; four children, Brad Graves of Finksburg, Md., Kyle Graves and his wife, Christina, of Catonsville, Md., Jennifer Walter and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Va., and Brett Graves and his wife, Pam, of Lewes, Del.; eight grandchildren, Meghan Bower, Dayn Graves, Austin Graves, Tom Graves, Courtney Deuchler, Seth Graves, Matthew Walter and Sarah Walter; a sister, Janet Harrison of Jacksonville, Fla.; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Del., where friends may call one hour prior for visitation with the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to the Tunnell Cancer Center; 18947 John J. Williams Hwy.; Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.