Richard Lewis Grant, born November 20, 1931 in Knoxville, IL, was restored to peace and dignity on October 12th. He is survived by Kathy, his wife of 40 years, his sisters Dorothy and Libby, brother Dean and 7 children – Ashley, Linda, Sheryl, Dave, Dick, Barbara, and Marrene, 22 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
Richard served four years in the US Air Force. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1961, he spent 30 years with the Boeing company as an aerospace engineer. Prior to retiring as VP in 1993, his proudest achievements were leading the uranium enrichment project in Oak Ridge, TN, the V-22 Osprey in Philadelphia, PA and the International Space Station in Huntsville, AL.
In his retirement, Richard enjoyed his Scottish heritage, becoming president of the Clan Grant Society and attending the Scottish Games across the US and Scotland. In addition, he enjoyed restoring antique cars on his farm in Arrington, TN where he was devoted to their rotating family of dogs, cats and horses.
His other great love was the cabin he and Kathy owned on Flathead Lake in Montana. It was there that he fell in love with the local history and often donated to the surrounding schools, animal shelters and the protection of Flathead Lake. His common saying, “leave the world a little better place than you found it,” lives on through these contributions.
Private service to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter (http://missionvalleyanimalshelter.org) or a charity of your choice.