Ralph Kenneth Graves Jr. of Seaford, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, from complications related to two strokes.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1958 in Milford, the son of Eula Mae (Bunting) and the late Ralph Kenneth Graves.
Ralph graduated from Sussex Central High School in 1976 and the University of Delaware with a degree in accounting in 1981. He worked for many years as an accountant at Allen Petroleum, later Pep Up. Inc, and then as an entrepreneur in online retail until his death.
For many years Ralph was an active member of Mt. Olivet UMC and Gethsemane UMC, serving on finance and mission committees, as well as church council. He also served as treasurer for Mt. Olivet and the Seaford Mission. Ralph was heavily involved in the church and also involved for many years with the Appalachia Service Project, the Delmarva Emmaus & Chrysalis Community, and the Cherokee Service Project, which he helped organize in its early years.
Above all, Ralph was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Ralph will be remembered for taking opportunities to help those around him and for the joy he found in serving others.
In addition to his mother, Ralph is survived by his daughters, Kay Dibuo, Beth Watkins, and Kimberly Madison; his grandchildren; and his brother, Bruce Graves and family.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, Seaford. Interment was held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ralph K. Graves Jr. to St. Vincent DePaul Society OLOL, PO Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973, or Delmarva Christian School, 21777 Sussex Pines Rd., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Please visit Ralph’s life memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at www.watsonyatesfuneralhome.com.