He was born November 6, 1924, in Yount, Missouri, son of Thomas E. and Eva L. Yamnitz Grantham. He and Virginia L. Seabaugh were married June 24, 1949 in Bell City, Missouri. They were married 62 years when she passed away March 1, 2012.
He was an active member of Sedgewickville UMC where he served in many capacities. Kelly served in the 39th Infantry as a rifleman in the US Army during WW II from 1944 til 1946. He was serving in Italy and became a replacement soldier in the Battle of the Bulge on Christmas Day in 1944. He suffered many hardships and dangers. He often spoke of living in fox holes for 4 months at a time without receiving a shower. After being wounded while on the front lines, he was treated and returned to duty the next day. He was later placed in General Patton’s Hell on Wheels tank division. His decorations and citations include the American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with Bronze Star, Victory Medal WW II, Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Bar and Combat Infantryman Badge.
Loving survivors include; two sons, Craig Grantham of Palm Springs, California, and Rick (Dixie) Grantham of Jackson; four grandchildren, Tyler Grantham of Dallas, Texas, Hunter Grantham (fiancé, Hailee Deckard) of Patton, Missouri, Angela (Matt) Sherwood of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Amanda (Charles) Lymangood of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and four great grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeffrey Grantham, a brother and two sisters.
Visitation will be 4-8 pm on Friday, March 13, 2015 at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
The funeral service will be 10 am Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the funeral home with the Rev Pam Ekey officiating.
Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Jackson Senior Center or American Cancer Society.
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