Dean Grant, of Columbia Heights, formerly of Stanchfield, died on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. He was 78 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope presiding. VISITATION will be from 1:00-3:00 pm at church. INTERMENT will be in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.
Dean Robert Grant, of Columbia Heights, formerly of Stanchfield and Grandy, passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2008, surrounded by his family at the North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. He was 78 years old.
Dean was born on July 15, 1930 to parents Elmer and Edith (Wistrom) Grant in Grandy, Minnesota. Dean was the youngest of three children and attended first the Grandy School and then the Stake School in Isanti County. After school Dean enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War and was a cook. Following his time in the service, he returned to Minneapolis where he met and married Leann. To this union a daughter Debbie was born. During this time, Dean worked at Franklin Manufacturing in the twin cities for the next seven years. In 1958 Dean married Carol in Minneapolis, and a second daughter, Kathy, was born. While living in NE Minneapolis, Dean and Diane had a brief marriage with no children.
Dean worked for Schmidt music from many years and was the general manager of shipping until his retirement in 1999. While he liked his work, Dean couldn’t wait for the weekends to come so he could journey back to Stanchfield and some “country living”. After retirement, Dean moved back to Stanchfield for several years before declining heart health forced him to move to Royce Place assisted living in Columbia Heights and finally the Crestview Care Center. Dean spent his final two weeks at the North Memorial Hospital on hospice with his family by his side.
In his younger years Dean loved to play the drums with his friends and could often be found hanging out in someone’s garage. From an early age, Dean loved coming to Stanchfield. He would spend his time, riding around on the tractor, tending to his beloved Morning Glories, or taking time to stop and reflect at the “Big Tree”. Dean was always such an outgoing person, telling anyone who would listen, a funny story or joke. The response was always, “Oh, Deano!”
Dean also loved to do crossword puzzles, but only if he had a cheat book around to help with the tough clues.
Dean’s greatest love was for his grandchildren. He would bring them up to Stanchfield and keep them entertained with toys, games, stories, and jokes. He loved to cook for his grandchildren from burritos and rice, to roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and all the fixings.
Dean will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.
Dean is preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Edith Grant, brothers Lee and Donald Grant.
He is survived by his daughters Kathy Grant of Minneapolis, and Debbie (Rick) Garrison of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren Lean Fulin, Sheena Goff, Chad Grant, and PJ Garrison; great grandchildren LaShawn, Jayden, Bryton, Tanner, Cody, Radon, Taylor, and Rylan; sister Juanita Holm of Shoreview; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope presiding. Casketbearers were Ryan Kittleson, Chad Grant, Jerry Kittleson, and Chad Tupa. Interment was in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in Lieu of flowers.