October 5, 1951 ~ August 21, 2018

Born in: Pittsburgh, PA
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Richard Arvato Graves Jr., 66, of Indianapolis, passed away on August 21, 2018.  He was born on October 5, 1951 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Richard Arvato Graves Sr. and Elizabeth (Stein) Graves.  Richard served in the United States Army from February 1969 to January 1972.  He served as a Corporal, during the Vietnam War, and along with an honorable discharge, he was awarded the following medals: National Defense Service, Good Conduct, Marksman for M16, and Sharpshooter for M14.

Richard worked as an electrician for the City of Indianapolis, Waste Water Treatment Plant for approximately 20 years.

Richard was a member of The Way Church in Indianapolis.

Richard was a people-person kind of guy.  He would talk to anyone about anything.  And when the topic ended up on something that he was passionate about, you couldn’t get a word in edgewise.  He could always be found sitting on his front porch drinking his coffee.  But most of all, he loved his home, listening to his jazz music, and his family, spending time with them and harassing them.

Richard is survived by his devoted wife of 19 years, Robin Diane (Hostetler) Graves; his beautiful daughters, Addielachelle Sanders and Courtney Marie Graves; and his beloved granddaughter, Angelica Marie Sanders.

He is preceded in death by his parents, mentioned above.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at his residence.  Cremation Arrangements provided by Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services – Lawrence.


Celebration of Life: September 1, 2018 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Room: His Residence


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  1. Diane: My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love you

  2. Diane, you have my deepest sympathy. I pray that God will hold you close to His heart at your time of sorrow. Remember that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. God I pray that you wrap your arms around Diane and her family and help ease her heart. God is our refuge in the time of a storm so allow Him to be your comforter and someone that will always keep you lifted up. Diane, just know that I love you and I am always only a phone call away if and whenever you need me.

    Your sis (August 8th twin)

  3. Diane,
    I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything that I can do to help, please let me know. My prayers for you and your family and friends as you go through this time of grief.

    MeLissa Williams

  4. Diane, my dear friend,
    Know that having lost my daughter, Carrie, my parents, and now this June, my only sibling,
    my heart hurts… I believe the pain you feel in losing Richard, your love, is like my pain, deep and coming in waves. This pain is what all humans feel, as part of the human condition… making us fully human…
    My prayers are with you, your healing and that we will be with them someday…


  5. Diane,
    I am so sorry for your loss and wish you and your family my sincerest condolences. Your ICRC family has you and your loved ones in our hearts and prayers.

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