George Grant Jr - 90
June 22, 2022
Korean War veteran and admired teacher, George H. Grant Jr. , age 90 of Martinsville, passed from his earthly life on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 8:55 am at the Grand Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center in Martinsville. He was one of two children born to the late George Herbert and Hazel (Jones) Grant. George Jr. was born on Saturday, July 11, 1931, in Connersville, Indiana. He spent much of his life in Connersville where he graduated high school with the class of 1949. On January 8, 1951, George enlisted in the US Navy. He served his country with bravery during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on November 5, 1954, attaining the rank of RD 2. While on leave from the service, he married the love of his life, Mary Lou (Amos) Grant in Connersville, Indiana, on April 5, 1952. The two shared nearly sixty-six years of marriage prior to her passing on December 13, 2017. George and Mary Lou moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1954 where George attended Indiana State Teacher's College. During his time in Terre Haute, George worked various jobs to support his family while working toward attaining his bachelor's degree in education in 1960. Immediately after graduating, he received a teaching position with the MSD of Martinsville. He and Mary Lou moved to Martinsville in 1960, where they lived, worked and raised their family for the remainder of their lives. He taught shop classes at the Martinsville High School from 1960 until his retirement in 1990. During his thirty years at Martinsville High School, he returned to college and earned his master's degree in education, as well as owned and operated an independent machine shop in Martinsville for approximately five years. After retiring in 1990, George took a part-time job working at Ace Hardware in Martinsville, working for an additional 5 years. To say that he was a hard and dedicated worker would be an understatement. His hobbies included woodworking, remodeling old cars and his home, working in his machine shop, visiting countless grottos and museums and taking various factory tours. He also thoroughly enjoyed traveling in his RV, history, visiting with old students and time spent with his family. George is survived by his two sons, John David (wife, Karen) Grant of Martinsville and James William (wife, Angela) Grant of Fountain, Minnesota; nine beloved grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Along with his parents and wife, Mary Lou, he was preceded in death by one son, Robert Joseph Grant on January 6, 2018; sister, Myra Cline; and one infant great granddaughter. His family has chosen to honor his wishes and George will be cremated with no public services. Condolences and memories are encouraged to be shared with the Grant family online at nealandsummers. comAs George's health diminished, he was lovingly and compassionately cared for by IU Health Hospice. The hospice nurses visited him on a weekly basis and soon became dear friends. The final week of his life on earth was spent at Grand Valley Health & Rehab in Martinsville, where he received extraordinary care. The entire staff at Grand Valley went above and beyond caring for his every need. George's family is eternally grateful for the exceptional care he received from IU Health Hospice and the staff at Grand Valley. His final arrangements have been entrusted to Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center in Martinsville.