Edward A. Grady, Sr.
December 05, 1920 - November 25, 2009
Edward A. Grady, Sr., 88, a Kendallville businessman and lifetime resident died Wednesday, November 25, 2009, in his residence.
Mr. Grady graduated from Kendallville High School in 1939, of which he was the class President. He was a member and Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Kendallville. He was a 50 year member of the following: Past Worthy Patron of OES Chapter #122, the Masonic Lodge #276, Ancient Accepted Scottish rite, Mizpah Temple, and Kendallville Elks Lodge. He was President of the Directors Staff of Mizpah Temple, charter member of the Kendallville Jaycees, and was a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Mr. Grady was employed at McCray Refrigeration Company in the Credit and Collection Department, and later as Customer Supervisor at the G.E. Supercharger Plant in Fort Wayne. In 1943, he joined his father in the Grady Construction business. As the owner of Grady, Inc., he developed Friendly Village, Scottsdale Subdivision, and Friendly Village Plaza.
At Grady Construction, Inc, he and his father rebuilt Newnam Foundry after it was destroyed by fire and removed the third floor off the Beyer Campbell Banta building on the corner of South Main and West William Streets. He also did construction work on many store buildings on Main Street, the YMCA Camp at Dallas Lake, Boy Scout Camp on Big Island on Sylvan Lake, and many homes in Kendallville and the surrounding area.
He was also the owner of Grady Realty, Inc., and, as he drove down the streets of Kendallville he remembered either remodeling, building, or selling at least one home on almost every street. Mr. Grady had a passion for building and finding homes for people. His comment was, “I have the best people in the world working with me.” He also had the highest regard for Dick Shultz, who worked with him for 42 years.
Mr. Grady was one of ten local businessmen who purchased the land from the Beyer Foundation which the city developed into Sunset Park on Drake Road.
Mr.Grady recently donated 22 acres east of Riley Road, north of the Friendly Village Subdivision and Lake View Cemetery to the city for a park.
He was born to Virgle C. and Ella K. (Zeltman) Grady on December 5, 1920, at 410 North Main Street in Kendallville. He was delivered by Dr. F.A. Lawson, this being his first baby upon entering practice in Kendallville.
On July 4, 1941, in Garrett, he married Mary Nancy Whelan. She preceded him in death on February 8, 2003.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Gary Sutton and Patricia and Richard Wiehe; two sons, Edward A. Grady, Jr. and Paul Grady; a sister, Helen Bowman; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, November 28, 2009, at 1 p.m. in the Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville, with Rev. Stan Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
Calling will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the First Presbyterian Church or Shriners Hospital.