Obituary for Benjamin Graves
Benjamin A. Graves died on September 17 2017 at the age of 20, while defending a friend from an attacker. Son of Ed and Shannon Graves, he lived in Wisconsin for ten years and most recently in Appleton while attending McKinley Elementary School, Madison Middle School, Appleton East High School, and graduated from Appleton North High School. He is survived by two brothers, the younger brother Riley also attended and graduated from Appleton East High School. Ben overcame enormous difficulties in his young life, including several medical issues as well as the public education system. He will be remembered for his trust in God, his unwavering devotion to his friends, and his love of sports. Ben played football in the local youth leagues and basketball at the YMCA. He relaxed by playing the cello in high school and other groups. Donations to the family can be made to the Ben Graves Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank or through Facebook to the fundraiser called Benjamin Graves Funeral Expenses.