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In Memory

Russell B. Graves

Russell Bryant Graves

Dec. 10, 1932 ~ June 5, 2013

Former Anchorage resident Russell Bryant Graves, 80, died in his sleep June 5, 2013, at the Messenger House Care Center in Bainbridge Island, WA.

Russell was born Dec. 10, 1932, in Glacier, Montana.

He enlisted in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1956.

Russell was an accomplished deep sea diver and aircraft pilot.

He moved to Alaska in the late 1950s working various jobs.  Russell worked on construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline and later retired from the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. After retiring, Russell moved to Port Townsend, WA.  In retirement he enjoyed boating, fishing, and especially his Schnauzers.

Russell was a charming man who worked hard and played harder.  Russell always had a great story and loved making his grandchildren his famous silver dollar pancakes. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sheila Graves; two sons, Russell Graves and Steven Jones; grandchildren, Ashlee and Bryant Graves, Lily and Stephanie Jones, Adam and Christopher Jones; great grandchildren Madden Luebbert and Kaydence Graves.

There are no services planned. Please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 12 to June 13, 2013.