William Thomas Grant Jr.
1939 - 2020
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William Thomas Grant Jr. 1939 - 2020
Springfield, IL—William Thomas Grant Jr., 81, of Springfield, died at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at Regency Care.
Bill was born September 3, 1939, in Taylorville, the son of William Thomas Sr. and Anna Ruth Brooks Grant. He married Pam Ellen Boaden on July 22, 1963, in Taylorville; she preceded him in death on July 27, 2019.
Bill graduated from Taylorville High School in 1957 and attended the University of Illinois. He was the owner and operator of Landmark Automotive Group that started in 1975. He was the founding President of Panther Creek Country Club, a board member of First Bank of Illinois, and a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and Island Bay Yacht Club. He served on the board of directors of the Ford Dealer Advertising Fund, was a past member of Chrysler-Plymouth National Dealer, past board member of Springfield Boys and Girls Club, and lifetime trustee of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Bill enjoyed golfing, bird hunting, bowling and listening to classical music with Richard Wagner as his favorite. He also enjoyed giving back to his community that supported him and his family throughout the years.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; son, William T. Grant III; brother, Terry R. Grant; and sister, Linda R. Grant.
Bill is survived by his son, Sean (wife, Taryn) Grant of Springfield; daughter, Gina (husband, Jeff) Tesio of Springfield; grandchildren, Taylor (husband, Cameron) Somerfield, Mason Grant, Aislyn Grant, and Aidan Grant; and brother, Brooks Grant of Taylorville.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1725 S. Walnut St., Springfield, IL 62704 with Rev. Jeff Grant, celebrant and Rev. Thaddeus Adukus, concelebrant. Due to COVID restrictions there will be limited capacity. Family and friends may view the mass via livestream at: www.bsps.org
A private burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, 3 W. Old State Capitol Plaza #1, Springfield, IL 62701; Springfield Youth Performance Group Foundation, P.O. Box 203, Chatham, IL 62629; or the Boys and Girls Club, 300 S. 15th Street, Springfield, IL 62703.
The family is being served by Butler Funeral Home—Springfield, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.



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Published in The State Journal-Register from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2020.
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December 19, 2020
Sean and Gina, I was so sorry to hear about your dad and my friend. He was a very special person to all who knew him, as a business associate or as a friend. It was my honor to server on the board for several years at Panther Creek when he was president. He was the first and without a doubt the best president we ever had. We were very lucky to have him. I am sending prayers your way. Your dad and my friend will not be forgotten soon.
Dick Planck
Friend
December 18, 2020
Mr. Grant was always good to me and my Family. As a employee for 30 plus years I never met a fairer man than him. If he said it , it was so. Period. Even if it meant at his expense. Again I cant think of a finer man. Missed by all, rest in peace. And may your family find peace in these times of pain.
John Gerding
Coworker
December 18, 2020
I had the privilege of working for Mr. Grant back in the mid to late 1980’s. Always the consummate professional, I remember Mr. Grant putting his complete faith and trust into those that worked for him. I also remember the strong spirit of family and sense of community that he instilled within his dealerships.

My condolences to Gina, Sean and the entire Grant family.
Mark Pyle
December 18, 2020
God never made a more considerate, generous, compassionate and wonderful person than Bill Grant.
December 17, 2020
Gina, Sean and family, Sharing in your sadness and wishing peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Nelson Family
December 17, 2020
So sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. He was such a kind and caring man and so proud of your mother and you kids. Let the happy memories always comfort you.
Carolyn Fisherkeller
Friend
December 17, 2020
My condolences Gina, Sean and your families. I am sure it is a joyous reunion of your dad and Bill right now.
Kevin Cory
Friend
December 17, 2020
Don and I send deepest sympathy to you all A nicer or more generous guy ever lived.
Evelyn and Don Yurdin
Friend
December 17, 2020
Sean, Taryn, Aisyln and Aidan- Sending you our deepest sympathy for the passing of your father and grandfather . May he Rest In Peace . Praying for strength and comfort for you during this difficult time.
John, Trina, Ileana, Dean and Cora Stremsterfer
Friend
December 17, 2020
Condolences to the family.
I enjoyed working with Bill for years at Landmark Chrysler.
Judi Duncan Stuart
Friend
December 16, 2020
To all of the Grant family, our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lopian Family
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