Karel E. Grant, 82, of Le Mars and formerly of Kingsley, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Karel Everett Grant was born Nov. 6, 1934, in Ute, the son of Everett and Genevieve (Black) Grant. He was raised and educated in Anthon, graduating in 1952. He then attended Army basic training in El Paso, Texas and served in Germany.
He married Nancy Ann Bauer on Oct. 18, 1969 in Anthon. Nancy and Karel later moved to Kingsley where they raised their family. His biggest love was his two daughters, Michele and Susan, his son-in-law, Chuck, and his granddaughters, Arianna and Brianna.
Karel and Nancy adored their family and adopted family. The Grants were known for taking in children who needed a helping hand and became part of the Grant family. He adopted grown children as his own. There was always a hot meal and a place to sleep at the house. He was a friend for life.
Karel worked construction for Bill Barkley for several years. He then began his career as a truck driver, driving for Hirschbach, American Freight System, Donn Lee, Schuster, and the Hinton Elevator. He may have been gone from home a lot of the time, but when he came home it was all about family.
He was a friend for life. Biggest bark and the gentlest of hands.
Survivors include his two daughters, Susan (Chuck) Knaack of Correctionville, and Michele Grant of Le Mars; two granddaughters, Arianna and Brianna; brother, David (Nancy) Grant of Denver, Colorado; sisters, Lucille (Robert) Van Ornam of Los Angeles, California, Beverly (Clayton) Wolff of Streeter, North Dakota, Diane (Darold) Wolff of Waverly and Sheryl (Neal) Weller of Waterloo; two sisters-in-law, Carol (Dennis) Caldwell of Columbus, Ohio and Betty (Walt) Rickett of Kingsley; and several nieces and nephews.
Karel was preceded in death by his wife and parents; brother Mervin Douglas and in-laws Whyndam and Dorothy (Helken) Bauer.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday at Rohde Funeral Home in Kingsley, with the Rev. Ken Kraft officiating. Burial will be at Cushing Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Nash Post #140. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today (Friday), with family present during this time, and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Rohde Funeral Home in Kingsley.
Online condolences may be sent to rohdefh.com.