Orval Graber, 72


Orval Graber, age 72, of Winner, passed away on Nov. 16, 2016 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Facility.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery.

Orval Dean Graber, 72, peacefully went to his heavenly home on Nov. 16, 2016, with his family by his side.

Orval was born on Dec. 7, 1943, to Elmer J. and Clara C. Graber. He was the youngest of four children. Orval accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized on May 17, 1959, at Salem Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD. He attended country school, graduated from Freeman Academy, and went on to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from SDSU.

On Aug. 10, 1969, Orval was united in marriage to Diane Tschetter. One week later, they moved to Winner, SD, where he had accepted a teaching position as the vocational agriculture and FFA instructor. After 25 years, he retired from teaching and worked for the city of Winner.

During their 47 years of marriage, Orval and Diane were blessed with three children: Cherie Annette, Carla Ann, and Cory Dean. Their church memberships were transferred to the First Baptist Church of Winner where he remained active serving in many capacities until his death. He was also a member of the Gideons.

In his free time, Orval enjoyed hunting, fishing, singing with the A’Cafellas Chorus, and spending time with his five grandchildren.

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