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Alan D. Grady

Peoria– Alan D. Grady, 71, of Peoria, passed away at 10:00 PM on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his sister Patricia’s residence. She and her husband, Richard, were by his side in his final moments. He was born on October 26, 1947 in Canton, IL to Orlistus “Bob” and Anna “Louise” (Moore) Grady. He met Carol Wiley, the love of his life, at Eureka college and married her on May 22, 1970 in Peoria, IL as soon as they’d both graduated. Carol preceded him in death in 2007 from cancer. Alan’s heart weakened after losing her. He still managed to summon enough strength to beat APL, an aggressive Leukemia, but though he achieved remission, the cancer weakened his heart further.

Alan was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Richard Grady, and two sisters: Janet Garcia and Mary Lee Grady.

Surviving are three children, Richard (Jen) Grady of Battle Creek, MI, Marcy (Doug) Miller of Naperville, IL, and Katherine (David) Stobaugh of Peoria, IL; four grandchildren, Kevin, Erin, Penelope, and Zachary; one brother, Robert (Emily) Grady of Trivoli; three sisters, Ella “Lou” (the late Larry) Little, Patricia (Richard) Bosley, and Sara (Luke) Starcevich; and brother-in law, Dana Becker. Family was everything to Alan and he was blessed to have many relatives close by, including those of his late wife who remained close with him after her passing.

Alan retired from Morton Buildings to work at the Grady’s Christmas Tree Farm. Having grown up on the farm he was an avid nature lover his whole life. He was most content when he was walking or mowing among the trees and listening to the many songbirds.  He wanted others to love the land as much as he did. Alan served as scoutmaster for the Scouts BSA and Girl Scouts of America for several decades and helped his three children, plus many more scouts, reach the highest ranks of Eagle Scout (BSA) and Gold Award (GSA.)

Both Alan and Carol were avid readers and instilled in their children a love of books. Alan read to the children so often in their formative years that even late in life he could still recite many Dr. Seuss books by heart, which he did for his grandchildren upon request, especially “The Grinch” and “The Lorax.” He was a loving father and a doting grandfather, showering the grandkids kids with love, books and Legos. He always made time to play a Kingdom Hearts video game, make a complex jigsaw puzzle or fly a kite.

Quick with a quip or a terrible pun, he was very clever and quick witted. Exceptionally deft with both math and word puzzles, he enjoyed solving complicated logic problems, riddles and encryptions. He had a secret silly side and loved to sing old songs or tell jokes. Musically gifted but never formally trained, he could play a piece of music on the piano after hearing it only once.

Alan served stateside in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, but was reluctant to take credit for serving his country. A humble man, he was proud when he saw random acts of kindness in the world. He often did them himself but only when he could remain anonymous.

Memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington where a visitation will be held from 10-11 AM. Rev. Kevin Van Tine will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow at Brunswick Cemetery in Rural Trivoli, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or Scouts: BSA or Girl Scouts of America. To view Alan’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

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9 Comments

  • Elizabeth Haines

    Reply August 21, 2019 1:32 pm

    RIP my cousin Alan Grady, sending out thoughts and prayers to the family.
    My most sincere sympathy and condolences during this most difficult time, to you All. I’m so very sorry to hear of Alan’s passing.

  • Ken Mckeever

    Reply August 21, 2019 4:48 pm

    RIP Alan Grady. You will be missed by all your classmates that new you. We went from 1st thru 12th together. He was a good man to all that new him. Our breakfast group of classmates will miss him also. My prayers and condolences to his family.

  • Michael A Stobaugh

    Reply August 22, 2019 3:18 pm

    My condolences to all the family. I knew Alan from the Farmington area, both of us having grown up there, and again when his daughter, Katie, married my son David. He was a gentle, kind soul, and the world is a little poorer because of his passing. He will be terribly missed by the many who knew and loved him.

  • Karen (Moore) Froehlich

    Reply August 22, 2019 7:10 pm

    Very sad to learn my cousin Alan has passed away. We lived close by and shared many experiences growing up – fishing and picking strawberries in the summer, sledding in the winter. I remember how he loved to make puns! My recent and last visit with him in May was at the farm, where he was busy helping plant trees, out in nature, doing work he loved. He will be missed. My sincere sympathy to all of the Grady family. Rest in Peace Alan.

  • Diane ward

    Reply August 22, 2019 9:12 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family prayers for strength and comfort for all.

  • Kathy Knapp

    Reply August 22, 2019 10:49 pm

    Saturday, I will be at the Girl Scout Camp Tapawingo, and unable to share in person. Recently, I realized I had not seen Alan walking in the Uplands. Know that he touched so many people. Realize that all of you are alive because of the love Carol and Alan shared. Treasure your memories, share, laugh, cry, hug, and repeat.
    My condolences,

  • Angela karcher

    Reply August 23, 2019 10:05 pm

    To the whole Grady family
    Please know that you in our prayers and thoughts! I am so sorry for your loss! Allen was an amazing person!

  • Joel Johnson

    Reply August 24, 2019 5:53 pm

    Uncle Allen you will be missed. You were always selfless, kind and generous to me I will remember you always. To the Grady’s, Miller’s, and Stobaugh’s you are in our thoughts. We are all better for your parents and I know you will carry on his legacy.

  • Liz Starcevich

    Reply August 30, 2019 8:40 pm

    ❤ We’ll miss you, Uncle Alan! You were a kind man, with great wit and a funny sense of humor. I’m glad I got to know you a little more as an adult. We honor you tomorrow and put you to rest. I know you and Aunt Carol will watch over your children, grandchildren, and those yet to come. May you rest in peace. I hope to meet again on the other side. Until then, much love.

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