Keith Colson Grant
Keith Colson Grant was born and raised in Kansas by Otto and Mabel Grant, on December 8, 1925. He died of a broken heart on March 9, 2011, close to two weeks after his beloved wife of 60 years, Patricia, preceded him in death on February 25, 2011. In life they were inseparable. Her death did nothing to change that. Now they are together again.
Keith served in World War II as a Marine. He lied about his age in order to join the Marines shortly after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and spent most of his time stationed in Hawaii. Once a Marine, always a Marine! After he was honorably discharged from the service he went to Kansas University, Rock Chalk Jayhawks! He eventually transferred to Kansas State Teachers College where he graduated with a bachelor of science in education in 1951. It was there that he was able to meet the woman who would become his wife. It took him almost three years to convince her to marry him; he started asking her on their first date. Their life together would take them to live in Kansas, where they had four children together, Peggy (Mark) Hagemeister, Nancy Jump, Richard Grant, and Donald Grant. Keith used his teaching certificate and coached for several years in Kansas. He eventually entered civil service, serving mostly in the capacity of recreation director for the many bases where they moved. After leaving Kansas they moved to Alaska, Guam, California, finally retiring' to Union Creek Resort which they owned from 1979 to 1987.
His life was full of children; grandchildren, Tonja (David) Tate, Shaylene (Herman) Kovar, Joshua (Meghan) Jump, Jacob Jump; and great-grandchildren, Joy, Paul and Marie Ludlam, Ashley, Chad, Jacob (JJ) Jump, and Zacary, Shaun, and Nithaniel Kovar. Keith also spent time volunteering, playing bridge, and square dancing. He enjoyed traveling and often combined shared passions for bridge and square dancing when cruising to far away destinations. Traveling with family was a priority, all family have treasured memories of many travels that they have shared. Keith also spent time volunteering on the Metropolitan Sewer District, doing taxes for senior citizens, transporting dialysis patients, delivering for Meals on Wheels, SMART Read, and was a CASA advocate. He was a Mason for 50 years, and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Central Point.
Keith's life taught his children the importance of God, thinking of others and, living by the Golden Rule. Keith is survived by sister, Virginia Bednasek; children, Richard Grant, Donald Grant, and Peggy (Mark) Hagemeister; as well as his grand children and great-grand children. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John Grant and Donald Grant; wife, Patricia; and daughter, Nancy. Their gain is our loss.
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at his residence, 555 Freeman Road #33 Central Point, OR. Memorials are welcome at Providence Hospice 2033 Commerce Drive, Medford, OR, 97504.'