Phillip Graves, 74, of Gifford, Pa.

Phillip L. “Skeet” Graves, Jr., 74, of Gifford, Pa., died Monday, July 22, 2019, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born Dec. 3, 1944, in Bradford, Pa., and graduated from Bradford Area High School.

On Dec. 21, 1968, he married Judith E. Casey in Bradford.

Phil was employed as an auto mechanic at C.L. McKeirnan Inc. in Smethport for many years and also drove a school bus.

He was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting and NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, of 50 years; five children, Tammy (Rick) Waldeck of Mt. Jewett, Pa., Tracy (Rick) Burke of Gifford, Pa., Terri (Abbott) Case of Bradford, Pa., Frank (Alicia) Graves of Olean, N.Y., and Tina (Bill) Kroah of Gifford, Pa.; 20 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one sister; two brothers; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip L. and Marion L. (Holsinger) Graves, Sr. and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ronald and Carol Casey of Lime Springs, Iowa.

A memorial service was held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church on July 25 for family and friends in the Spring Valley area.

A celebration of life will be Aug. 1 at Hilltop Baptist Church in Gifford. Online condolences may be expressed at