David Graves died Jan. 9, 2009. He was born Apr. 27, 1919 in Ukraine to David and Katharine Graves. His father died of typhus a few months before David was born. His mother lived with her parents until her marriage to John Krause. They immigrated to Canada in 1927. They settled first in Arnaud, Man., then in Randolph, Man., where they were joined by Katharine’s parents. After Katharine’s death, John remarried and moved to Steinbach, Man. David took odd jobs to support his widowed grandfather and unmarried aunt. After a period riding the rails in search of jobs starting at age 18, David managed to purchase some land. He received Jesus Christ as Saviour through the witness of William Schroeder, and was baptized in Steinbach MB Church in 1953. He was known for his practical Christianity. In 1974, David married Eva, whom friends and neighbours had encouraged him to meet. In 2006, they sold the farm and moved into Steinbach. He is mourned by Eva; 2 sisters, 1 brother. The funeral was Jan. 12 at Steinbach MB Church.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.