James GravemannAugust 21st, 2020
James Nolan Gravemann, age 87, died Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, where he had been residing as his health declined. He was born January 6, 1933 at Hamburg, St. Charles County, Missouri to Marvin and Gladys (Vogt) Gravemann. He received his early education at Defiance and graduated from Augusta High School. He then attended and graduated from Westminster College in Fulton and made his home in Fulton for over 60 years. Jim was employed by Westminster College and William Woods College and served in the capacity of dean of students. Later, he worked at the Missouri State Correctional Center at Fulton and taught school in Callaway County. He served with the Callaway County Ambulance District in Kingdom City. After retirement, he worked part time at Gaspers in Kingdom City and also as a substitute teacher at area schools. As an older adult, he adopted the son of his former neighbor whom he had often cared for as a babysitter and mentor. Jim raised Tyler as best he knew how. Among his survivors are two sisters-in-law, Della and Mae Gravemann; a nephew, Mark Gravemann and wife Kellie; a niece, Christina Houseman and husband Marc; Tyler's daughter, Mikaya Marie Gravemann; and very close caregivers and friends. Preceding him in death were his father, Marvin Gravemann; mother, Gladys Hendricks; two brothers, Glennon and Carl "Fritz" Gravemann; his adopted son, Tyler Gravemann; step-father, H. Ford Hendricks; step-mother and half-brothers, aunts and uncles and other relatives. Graveside services were held at Augusta City Cemetery with Marc Houseman officiating. Arrangements were in the care of Pitman Funeral Homes.