Edward Eugene Grant died Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital with his wife, Verleen, by his side. He was 85.
At Mr. Grant’s request, no funeral service will be held. His family will scatter his ashes over Cook Inlet in a private ceremony at a later date.
Mr. Grant was born July 23, 1920, in Blythe, Calif. He came to Alaska in 1942 to work with his uncle gold mining in Nome. He worked miscellaneous constructions jobs after that, making his home in Anchorage in 1944. He worked for NC Cat Company, from which he retired in 1975. He also owned and operated Grant’s TV from 1956 until 1982.
Mr. Grant and his wife loved traveling in their motorhome from Alaska to California and everywhere in between until 1999.
“Ed was an electrical genius. he taught himself electronics when transistors first came into being. He was one of the first in Anchorage to repair transistorized TVs ad radios. He had a love for technical manuals and fiction,” his family said.
Mr. Grant also enjoyed working on gas and diesel engines. When his stepson, Mike Dale, opened Dale’s Unlimited in Kenai, Mr. Grant traveled regularly to Kenai to work in the shop. This prompted the Grants’ move to Kenai in 2003.
“Ed was always working on something, at the shop or at home. Anyone who knew him could tell you, Ed was a hard man to keep up with,” his family said. “Ed was truly an incredible man and each of us had a deep love and respect for him. He will be truly missed by us all.”
Mr. Grant was preceded in death by his mother, father, two sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Verleen Grant of Kenai; stepsons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Sylvia Dale of Kenai, Greg and Sandy Dale of Fortuna, Calif., and Terry and Lynn Dale of Seattle; grandchildren, Kristen Chumley, Amy Dale, Landon and Ericka Taylor, Jenna Anastay and Sara Taylor of Kenai, Ethan Dale of San Francisco, Elliot Dale of Portland, Ore., and Nick Dale of Seattle; and great-grandchildren, Haley and Abby Chumley and Roy and James Kail Taylor of Kenai, and Cameron, Marybeth, Emily and Theron Dale of Fortuna.
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