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Joel William Graves

September 9, 1982 ~ January 10, 2018 (age 35)

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January 14, 2018

3:00 PM
Red Lake Community Center
Highway 1
Red Lake, MN 56671

Funeral Service
January 16, 2018

1:00 PM
Red Lake Community Center
Highway 1
Red Lake, MN 56671

Joel William Graves, age 35, of Red Lake, Minnesota began his journey to the spirit world on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the U of M Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.  Joel was born on September 9, 1982 to Susan Graves and Ronald Fairbanks, Sr. in Red Lake, MN.

Joel grew up and went to school in Red Lake, where he graduated from Red Lake High School in 2001.  He had recently received his CDL Class C Drivers License.  He worked as a Corrections Officer at the Red Lake Detention Center and was currently employed as a Security Guard at the 7 Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, MN.  Joel enjoyed watching and going to sporting events and was an avid Vikings fan.  He liked going to concerts with his friends, going to the casino and was a very talkative young man.  Joel loved to spend time with his best friend and son, Brady.

Family welcoming Joel to the spirit world are his father; Ronald Fairbanks, Sr., step-father; Herman “Ludie” English, uncle; Harold “Zob” Graves, maternal grandparents; Clyde and Irene Graves, paternal grandparents; Harry and Viola Fairbanks, nephew; Avery Graves-Cook and cousins; Sheila Kingbird and Duane Johnson.

He leaves behind his mother; Susan Graves, fiancé; Jennifer May, son; Brayden Graves, brothers; Ronald Fairbanks, Jr. and Brian Graves, sisters; Kari, Holly and Dawn Graves, Kayla Kingbird and Kelly Fairbanks, step-children; Crystal May-Prentice, Christopher, Vaughn and Makayliegh Day, nieces and nephews; Marissa, Brion, Xavier, Ashantae, Terrell, JaeLee, Teneasha, Whitney, Lillian, Avery, Symiah, Curtis and Glenn, other relatives and too many friends to mention.

A wake for Joel will begin at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 14th and continue until his 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, January 16th all being held at the Red Lake Community Center in Red Lake, MN.  Father George Ross and his assistant Willy Strong will officiate.  Pallbearers for Joel will be Jordan May, Brian Graves, Gerald Kingbird, Sr., Andy Kingbird, Sr., Jason Graves, Delwyn Schoenborn, Dave Dudley and Harold Graves, Jr.  His honorary pallbearers are Jared Schoenborn, Ron Granroos, Tracey Kingbird, Keith May, Fabian Cloud, Truxton Andersen, Devin Beaulieu-Morgan, Sr., Robin May, Gerald Stillday and Christopher White.  Interment will be in the Graves Family Burial Grounds at Heart Lake, MN following his services.

Joel’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker.  Online condolences for the family may be left at

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