Gerald Paul “Jerry” Grant, Bel Aire, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.
He was born in 1940, in Keams Canyon, Ariz., to parents Paul and Margaret Grant. He grew up in Iola and attended Gas City Grade School and Iola High School. He attended Iola Junior College, Kansas State University and earned a degree in chemistry from Fort Hays State University.
He married his wife Carol, while in the Army. He began work as an engineering aide with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and moved to Hays, in 1968. During 29 years, with the KDHE he obtained a Professional Engineering license, served as District Engineer in the Hays and Wichita district offices and as Chief of the Technical Services Section in Topeka. After retirement in 1997, he taught as an adjunct instructor for Fort Scott Community College. Once described as a Jedi Master of Wastewater Treatment, he enjoyed working with wastewater treatment operators in small towns; his book, Lumpy Water Math, was written to help these operators. The riveting sequel, Lumpy Goes Metric, was just published.
He enjoyed his family, animals, was a talented writer, a prolific reader, and a gifted artist famous for hand-drawn cards, cartoons and caricatures. He enjoyed to fish, play pool, play baseball and was a master craftsman who helped his family, friends, and neighbors until his last days.Survivors include his wife; a son, Alan Grant and wife, Allyson, Baldwin City; two daughters, Jill House, Orlando, Fla., and Julie Lane, Axtell; two brothers, Fred Wiley and wife, Connie, Eaton Ind., and Kenneth and wife, Nina, Leroy; five grandchildren, Bailey House (Diego Matorras); Baltimore, Md., Elizabeth House, Brant Lake, N.Y., Jonathan Greig, Wichita, Jennifer Greig, Baltimore, Cooper Grant, Baldwin City; and a great-grandson, Dane Matorras, Baltimore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Mary Alice Grant.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Wichita.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Old Mission Funeral Home, Wichita.
Memorials are suggested to Kansas Humane Society or Kansas Masonic Foundation.
Posted online on December 02, 2020