Indian River County, FL


Hartford Courant, The (CT) - December 18, 1997


HALLDEN. Kenneth Emil, Sr., 82, husband of Betty (Burtner) Hallden, of Vero Beach, FL, died Monday, (Dec. 15, 1997) at Indian River Memorial Hospital after a prolonged illness. Mr. Hallden, son of the late Gustav Emil and Koren (Oberg) Hallden, was born April 4, 1915, in West Hartford. Following his graduation from William H. Hall High School in 1933, he moved to Natrona Heights, PA, where he met and married his wife of 61 years. They moved to Deep River in 1948, where he founded Deep River Die and Tool Co., serving as its president until his retirement in 1980. They then relocated to Vero Beach in 1980. While living in Deep River, Mr. Hallden was the first chairman of the Deep River Planning and Zoning Commission and was a member o f the Deep River Conservation Trust. In Vero Beach, he was a member of the Dodger Pines Country Club, actively participating in its Men's Golf Association. In addition to his wife, Mr. Hallden is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Kenneth E., Jr. and Janet of Deep River; his daughter and son-in-law Judith and Holger Lundin of Terryville; his son and daughter-in-law David and Margaret Hallden of Virginia Beach, VA; his son Bruce of Cromwell; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be Saturday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m. at Cox-Gifford Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Raymond J. Scent officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast, 1111 36th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Indian River Hospital Foundation, Nurses/Employees Education Fund, 1000 36th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960.

.Sebastian Sun (FL) - May 21, 1999


J. R. Graves, 92, known along the Treasure Coast as a "great guy and a big, big gun in the citrus industry," died at his Vero Beach home Saturday after a prolonged illness.

Graves, known fondly to his friends as "Rip," was president and chairman of the board of Graves Brothers Co. in Wabasso for over 40 years.

His work to help form the Indian River Citrus League, a trade association of citrus growers and shippers, established him as one of the biggest leaders in the industry, said Doug Bournique, executive vice-president of the league.

"He was a great guy, and a big, big gun in the citrus industry," Bournique said. "If you needed to make a call about something with the Legislature, or anything - he was there.

"He was smart and very genuine. He came from an era when business was done with a handshake, and that's all he needed."

Graves also was known for his warm personality and a willingness to help those around him.

"If you were going through a tough time he would always have a smile for you and put his hand out to you," Bournique said. "He was a rock, just a good guy."

Born on March 22, 1907, in DeFuniak Springs, Graves was a 1929 graduate of the University of Florida, where he picked up the nickname of "Rip."

"I'm not sure where it came from but that's what everybody called him," said Mr. Graves' son, J.R. Graves Jr.

Graves after college moved to Vero Beach, where he was a city councilman, president of the chamber of commerce and founder of the Indian River Mosquito Control District.

"He was very community-minded," said his son. "He saw this town grow up. He was a pioneer in those days."

Graves was a firm believer in the healthful benefits of citrus products and worked diligently to promote those products throughout his lifetime. Graves Brothers Co. was founded by Mr. Graves' father in 1895 and has been family owned and run for four generations, said his daughter, Elizabeth Graves-Bass.

Graves Brothers Co. owns thousands of acres of groves in Indian River, St. Lucie and Hendry counties.

Graves possessed a great love for his work and frequently visited and took part in all facets of the operation, said his friend and former production supervisor Herb James.

Even after both men had retired, Graves and James would drive around the groves, inspecting the trees and fruit.

"He enjoyed that more than anything," James said. "He was as nice as they come, you couldn't have asked for a nicer boss."

Graves enjoyed playing golf at the Vero Beach Country Club, where he was a member.

He often joked that he only would play with "Medicare" foursomes - every member of the group had to be old enough to be on the health-care plan.

Mr. Graves was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Vero Beach, and its building committee; chairman of the committee to finance the buildings for the Indian River Hospital Association; founder and member of the board of the Indian River Mosquito Control District, and a member of the board and chairman for many years of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Indian River County.

He served with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary during World War II and was a member and president of the Vero Beach Rotary Club.

In the citrus industry, he served on the Florida Citrus Commission as chairman, on the board of Florida Citrus Mutual as its president, was a founding member of the SHARE council, founding member of the board of the Florida Citrus Packers, a member of the board of the Florida Citrus Canners Association and member of the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame.

Mr. Graves was married to Addie Scribner Graves for 59 years.

He is survived by one son, Richard Graves Jr., of Vero Beach; a daughter, Elizabeth Bass-Graves, of Sebastian; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held at First United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Crestlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the J. R. Graves Memorial Fund, c/o First United Methodist Church, 1750 20th St., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960.

May R. Zent

May R. Zent, 93, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Fort Wayne, died Saturday (20 Jan 2001) at Hospice V.N.A. Home, Vero Beach. Born in Roann, she was a homemaker and was also a ward clerk at Parkview Hospital. Her husband, Kenneth R., died in 1984. Surviving are a son, Larry E. of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Kay Huff of Vero Beach; two sisters, Louise Tyson of Wabash and Emma Coolman of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St. Calling a half an hour before services at the Fireside Room in the church. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Roanoke.  Arrangements by Roanoke Memorial Chapel. [The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN) Submitters Name: Ida Maack Recu ]


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