Kenneth Hollis Graves, age 81 of Duluth died on June 3, 2022, in the serenity of the woods on his hunting land. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hollis & Josephine (Jazdzewski) Graves; daughter, Mary Elsenrath; son-in-law, Charles Thrasher; sister, Patricia Potswald; and brother-in-law, Robert Morris.
Ken was a lifetime resident of Duluth, graduating from Cathedral High School and the University of Minnesota Duluth. He married his high school sweetheart, Genevieve Prudhomme on February 16, 1963. Other than being an outstanding husband, father, and grandfather, Ken was known for his great sense of humor and contagious laugh. He was a legendary storyteller, treating his family and friends to tall tales of his past adventures. Ken enjoyed traveling in Europe, Alaska and Thailand. One of his favorite places to visit was Puerto Rico. He also enjoyed cross country skiing, hunting, fishing in the Boundary Waters and walking in the woods. Other than his family, his greatest love was the hunting shack.
Ken is survived by his wife of 59 years, Genevieve Graves; children, Anne (Greg) Smith-Graves, Peter (Erica Wittmer) Graves, Michelle Thrasher, and Melissa Aldridge; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Joanne (Michael) Dosen, Kathy (Dick) Frost, Rosemary (Dan) Bourgerie, Hollis (Vicki) Graves, Mike (Nancy) Graves; and brother-in-law, Bob Potsswald.
Visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at St. Joseph's-Gnesen Catholic Church, 6110 Church Rd, Duluth, MN 55803 and continues Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to either Stella Maris Academy or the Damiano Center.