Francis L. Graves, 69, Austin

Published 10:51 am Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Francis L. Graves, 69, of Austin, Minn., died peacefully Monday evening, April 22, 2013, surrounded by his friends at his home. Francis battled cancer for just a few short months.

Francis Graves

Francis Graves

He was born Dec. 9, 1943, in Minneapolis to Frank and Isabel (Mittwer) Graves. He grew up in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1962. Frank was employed by UPS in Minneapolis for more than 30 years. He enjoyed going to car shows and visiting people everywhere. He was very witty; a great jokester. He especially loved his cat, Cali. Frank was also a good neighbor, shoveling snow and raking lawns for those that lived around him.

Survivors include his fiancée, Barbara Hofius of Austin; special friends Brian McAlister, Glen and Cheryl Gullickson, and Gary Christiansen, all of Austin; many other special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Isabel Graves.

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A graveside service will be held for family and friends at a later date. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at