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ETNA-Kenneth Woodrow Graves, 92, passed away May 19, 2007 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 3, 1914 in Etna, a son of Charles and Gladys (Sylvester) Graves. He attended schools in Etna and graduated from Carmel High School. On April 3, 1937 he married Arlene Peterson. They spent 70 loving years together. Kenneth was a loving father and grandfather to 7 children, 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. He was a self-employed woodsman and farmer. His love of gardening made him many friends, and he ran a vegetable stand at his home in Etna for many years. At the time of his death, he was planning this year's gardens. He also was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and trapping. Kenneth passed this along to his children, grandchildren and many of his great grandchildren. He was a life-time member of the Maine Trapper's Association and a member of The Sportsmans Alliance of Maine. He was a respected member of the community and he held the Boston Post Cane, honoring him as Etna's oldest citizen.

He is survived by his loving wife, Arlene; his loving children, Arthur Graves, Rebecca and husband Leslie Towle, Berkley Graves, and Dale and wife Donna Graves, all of Etna; 2 special former daughters-in-law, Cheryl Graves of Etna and Sandy Graves of St. Albans, who always stayed part of the family; 2 sisters, Gladys Merrill of Newport and Jo "Maxine" and husband Floyd Harding of Stetson; 3 sisters-in-law, Delana, Flora, and Ida Graves, all of Etna; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Kenneth was predeceased by 3 children, Donna, Raymond and Kenneth Robert Graves; 2 grandchildren, Kirk Graves and Ryan Detoir; a sister and her husband, Olive and Roland Fitts; 4 brothers, Neal, Herbert, John, and Charles Graves Jr.; 2 brothers-in-law, Nathan Merrill and Victor Peterson; 2 sisters-in-law and their husbands, Winnie and Wayne Withee and Mildred and Loren Clark. He will be missed everyday by his family and some special neighbors who were like family and always helping out, Warren Shaw, Jr. and Debbie and Bill Armstrong.

Friends may call from 6- 8 PM Tuesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, where funeral services will be held 1 PM Wednesday, May 23rd, with his grandson, Rev. Kenneth Graves, officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Etna. Those who wish may sign an on-line register at

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