Howard Rudolph ‘Howie’ Graves

June 9, 1924 – Jan. 28, 2011

Howard Rudolph "Howie" Graves was born to eternal life Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Howard was born Monday, June 9, 1924, to the late Joseph and Mary (nee Lobos) Eiter.

When Howard’s mother passed away, the late Harry and Martha Graves adopted him and raised him as their own. On Saturday, April 10, 1943, Howard married the former Pearl Moffatt. Howard proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1941 to 1945.

He is survived by his cherished wife of 67 years, Pearl. He was the loving father of Karleen Sue Graves, Judith Marie O’Neal, Gene Howard (Crystal) Graves and Peggy Ellen Graves; beloved grandfather of Bret (Heather), Missy, Kiersten (Matthew), Ian, Dawn, Rachel (Mike), David, Matthew and Hannah; great-grandfather of Katherine, Suzannah, Ajax, Rowen and Isabel; and brother of Leona (Victor) Singkofer. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Howard was preceded in death by his grandsons, Brent and Brian; and siblings, Dorothy and Lawrence.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 at Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield, with a funeral service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Elmbrook Church Missions would be appreciated.

Church and Chapel Ritter-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 786-8030 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.