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Edward (Ted) M. Graves (W6FKI)

September 10, 2011

Birth: Jun. 27, 1917 Illinois, USA Death: Sep. 10, 2011 Grass Valley Nevada County California, USA Edward M. (Ted) Graves passed away on Sept. 10, 2011, at his home at Eskaton Village in Grass Valley, surrounded by his family. Ted was 94. An amateur radio operator for most of his life, Ted (call sign W6FKI) especially enjoyed annual "field days" when a group of "hams" would meet outdoors, string antennas from trees, and talk with as many people worldwide as possible during 24 hours. Ted was "Elmer" to new hams for most of 30 years in Mount Shasta, where he was the Trustee of K6CDQ MSHS Radio Club (Mike & Key). I became a ham in 1956 under his mentorship as did so many young folks. Starting out as KN6SXX then along with Jere K6ZMC (SK), KL7QOW, K6QOS, and scores of other hams. 9N1RA, Jinney is a notable grad who was a math guru for USAID and now retired in VA area. A celebration of life will be held at Eskaton Village in the near future. Born in Champaign, Ill., on June 27, 1917, Ted grew up in Arcata, Calif., where his father, Charles Edward Graves, was librarian for Humboldt State College, now California State University, Humboldt. His mother, Emily Binney Melcher, was an accomplished artist and gardener. Educated at CSU Humboldt, UC Berkeley and the University of Idaho, Ted married Barbara-Jeanne Russell in Eureka, Calif., in 1940. He became a high school science teacher, a career that was interrupted for service in the U.S. Navy as a radio technician at the end of World War II. Ted and Barbara-Jeanne searched for the perfect place to live, teach and raise their daughters. They found their dream in Mt. Shasta, Calif., where they lived until Barbara-Jeanne's death in 2003. In 2004, Ted moved to Eskaton Village in Grass Valley to be near family. Ted spent many summers and retirement years volunteering and working for the U.S. Forest Service in his beloved mountains of Siskiyou County. He was known by many as the "go-to guy" for information about local meadows, lakes and trails. A gregarious person, Ted made friends wherever he went. Many of his former students remained lifelong friends. Neighbors and friends at Eskaton Village knew him as "Mountain Man Ted," an image reinforced by the snowshoes he kept in his apartment, "just in case." Ted is survived by daughters, Nedra Graves and Shirley Porter and son-in-law Keith Porter, of Grass Valley; granddaughter, Chris Bennett of Dublin, Calif.; grandson, Galen Porter of Carmichael, Calif.; four great-grandchildren; two great-great granddaughters; and special friend, Jean Skinner of Ft. Jones, Calif. Ted had a deep and abiding love for nature and the outdoors, and an indomitable spirit. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched. Family members are very grateful for the loving care provided by staff at Eskaton Village and Hospice of the Foothills.

Contributed by: Jim La Porta (N1CC)

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