June 16, 1938 – November 25, 2021
Gary Orville Grant, 83 of Bedford Indiana passed away on the 25th of November at the Bedford Hospital.
He was born on June 16, 1938, in Norfolk NY . Gary attended school in Jersey City then answered the call to join the United States Army where he served from 1955 to 1958 and was involved in the Korean conflict. Gary was employed for 36 years at General Motors. From 1961- 1987 was in upstate NY. He then transferred to Bedford Indiana and retired from GM in 1996. When so many of the transferees from New York made their way back, Gary stayed and called Bedford his home.
Gary kept busy during his 25 years of retirement with many hobbies. He enjoyed designing, building, and flying model airplanes. He even built a flying field on his land. This also served as a 9 hole backyard golf course for anyone that wanted to whack some balls and weren’t too obsessed with a score. Gary also had a passion for restoring cars of the 50s along with metal detection, he got a thrill when the beep turned out to be a coin he could put into his collection.
In 2003 Gary built the Little Grantville Bluegrass building. Which was open weekly for Jam sessions along with 2 big annual Jamborees, free to all to come and enjoy. The past few years he could be found driving abound taking photos of old barns. He then put pencil to paper and created amazing works of art with his drawings.
Gray was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, his parents Orville Gerald Grant and Jessie Irene (Colby) Grant of Norfolk NY. and his brother John Grant. Gary’s 29-year marriage in 1964 to Marilyn Hall ended in divorce.
Gary is survived by his sisters Jacqueline (Grant) O’Keefe and Janice (Grant) Norton of Massena. Sons Lester William Grant and Louis Richard Grant of Bedford, David Alex Grant of Massena, NY and Jason Edward and his wife Aimee Grant of Bedford, In. His Grandchildren Dustin Grant, Craig Grant, Raegan Grant, Breanna Grant, Ellie Grant, and Taigan Edwards along with Great Grandchild, Teresa Edwards, and many nieces and nephews.
Due to the rise in Covid cases, we are postponing the Celebration of Life to a later date when there will be less risk for large gatherings. We will make another announcement to the media or on Gary’s FB page for this event.
Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.