Grant Salyer, Silver Lake, having just celebrated his 100th birthday, passed away at 2:06 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Warsaw’s Mason Healthcare Unit where he had been a patient for only a few short months.
The son of John and Dora (Adams) Salyer, Grant was born in Oil Spring, Ky. July 28, 1916. He and his family moved to Knox in 1929.
He was employed by Nickel-Plate Railroad/Norfolk and Western Railroad. He retired in 1976 as a general foreman after 40 years of service.
Grant found the love of his life and on Oct. 16, 1937 he and Flossie M. Allen were joined in holy matrimony. A few years later they would move to Kosciusko County. They honored the vow to share the rest of their lives together until her passing Nov. 2, 2011.
A member of Gospel Pentecostal Church of God for 63 years, Grant served as a deacon and a trustee. Grant and Flossie were inseparable. You wouldn’t leave their home without having a drink of soda or a piece of candy. After his retirement, Grant and Flossie enjoyed buying and selling horses as a hobby. Before they would sell a horse for a young person he made sure they rode the horse with their mom and dad present to be sure the horse and rider were a good fit.
Although their years together were many, Grant will be missed very much by his family including his daughter: Bev and Samie Brown, Warsaw; three grandchildren and the spouses: Deborah J. Brown Newman, Warsaw; Teresa L. (and Chuck) Lisenbee, Warsaw; Steve Allen, San Diego, Calif.; Bill (and Becky) Allen, Argos; Jenny Allen and John Allen – both of Monticello; Benita (and William) Bibler, Winona Lake; and Blake Neeley, Indiana; 21 great grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great granddaughter; and his last living sibling, a brother: James (and Lillian) Salyer, North Liberty.
In addition to his wife, Grant was preceded in passing by two daughters and sons-in-law: Carolyn Sue (1972) and Willis (1987) Allen; Charlene and Hubert Neeley, (both 1980); grandson, Brian Neeley, 2001; six sisters: Mamie Hahn, Lucy Cole, Colleen McBee, Grace Stone, Geneva Flora, and Irene Harris; and one brother: John Salyer.
Friends may join the family for time of sharing memories from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, in Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A service celebrating Grant’s life will take place Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, 303 S. Jefferson Street, Silver Lake, IN 46982.
The family has asked that gifts in his memory be given to the church he attended and served for so many years.
Titus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.