Robert W. Graves, 78, a resident of Trenton, Mo., died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Robert was born the son of William H. and Etta L. (Dillard) Graves on Oct. 2, 1934, in Livingston County, Mo. He was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Campbell on Aug. 15, 1953, in Chillicothe, Missouri. She survives of the home.

Robert worked as a Truck Driver for Churchill Trucking for 29 ½ years, and retired from Ideal Trucking Company in 1994. He was a member of the Teamster's Local Union #41.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley of the home; one son, Billy Graves and wife Peggy of Trenton, Mo.; one daughter, Janet Sue James and husband Don of Mooresville, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jeff James, Stephanie Reid, Preston Graves, and Emily Hannon; four great grandchildren, James Reid, Beau Graves, Laine Hannon, and Peyton Hannon; two sisters, Helen L. Merryfield and husband George of Grandview, Mo., and Wanda Hughes and husband Roy of Adrian, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Truman E. Graves.

Graveside services will be held at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chillicothe, Mo., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at 1 p.m. A scheduled family visitation will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, from 12 noon until 1 p.m. Friends may call at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Columban's Catholic Cemetery, and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.