James Francis Grant, age 88, of Council Bluffs, passed away at his home at Harmony Court on November 24, 2012.
James was born in rural Adair County on March 25, 1924, to the late Mary (Hollinrake) and Edward Grant. He went to school in rural country school and to Adair, Iowa. James graduated from Adair High School in 1942. He taught in country schools until he joined the U.S. Marine Corp and in December, 1943, left for boot camp. James served with the 1st Marine Division in the South Pacific until the war ended. He served in China until July, 1946, when he came home on leave. On November 1, 1946, he and his 1942 summer school sweetheart, Wanda Janice (Janie) Knee were married at the Navy Base in Philadelphia. After James' discharge from the Marines in 1947, they farmed for a time, then James worked as a grain elevator superintendent. James and his wife had five sons and four daughters.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Francis, at the age of three, in 1955; son, Donald Thomas, at the age of 14, in 1971; son, John Edward, at the age of 60, in 2010; one infant brother; three infant sisters; brother, John Grant; sisters, Sr. Mary Roberta, Sr. Mary Raymonda, Sr. Mary Francella and Margaret Close.
James is survived by his wife of 66 years, Wanda Grant, of Council Bluffs; daughters, Patricia (Tory) Failmezger, of Front Royal, Va., Judith (Jack) Bell, of Plattsmouth, Neb.; daughter-in-law, Kathy Grant, of Elkhorn, Neb.; daughter, Nancy Grant, of Council Bluffs; sons, Fr. Bud Grant, of Davenport, Iowa, Tim (Judy) Grant, of Council Bluffs; daughter, Theresa (Brian) Hopson, of Choctaw, Okla.; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family, Monday, 6:30 p.m., with a Wake service at 7 p.m., at the Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church. Fr. Bud Grant, son, will be the celebrant. Interment St. John's Cemetery, Adair, Iowa with a lunch following at St. John's Catholic Church in Adair. The family will direct memorials.
This obituary was originally published in The Daily Nonpareil.