The family abided by William's wishes to have him cremated and there will be no services at this time. The Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Bill was born Feb. 22, 1921 in Kennard, Neb. to Carl and Jorgine (Nielsen) Graverholt. He graduated from Blair High School in 1938. He was married to Marjorie Benck in 1939 at Fremont, Neb. Bill began his life farming in Herman, Neb. through the early 40's with his young wife and two small children. He drove long-haul truck for Denver-Chicago until 1953, when he moved his family to Seattle, Wash. There, he began Graverholt Construction and was a successful carpenter until 1977, when he retired on the shore of Lake Goodwin. On the lake, he was able to spend his time fishing, his greatest passion. He shared that passion with his grandchildren, along with his carpentry skills and superior work ethic. Though retired, he continued to work with his hands, including building a new house for himself and his wife at the age of 75. In July of 2009, he returned to the Midwest by moving from Washington State to Cherokee. He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters.
He was preceded in death by a grandson Richard Graverholt.
Bill is survived by his wife of 72 years, Marjorie Graverholt of Cherokee; one daughter Joan Morgan Graverholt of Cherokee; one son James of Stanwood, Wash.; three grandchildren: Sandi Kranig of Cherokee; Rodney Davis of Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; Kirby Morgan of Lynnwood, Wash.; two great-granddaughters: Lindsay Park of Ft Hood, Texas and Ginger Davis of Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; two great great-granddaughters: Stella and Sarah Park of Ft. Hood, Texas.