Retired TWA Captain David Norman Grant landed his 767 in Heaven early in the
morning on February 13, 2020 after a brief illness. He was surrounded by
his loving family and had just finished praying the Holy Rosary with Jane,
his wife of 62 years. Services will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
11300 W 103rd St, Overland Park, Ks on Tuesday February 18,
2020. Visitation 9:00 – 10:00; Rosary 10:00 – 10:30; Funeral Mass at 10:30.
Dave was born April 10, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN to Ethel and Norman Grant.
He grew up in Fairmont, MN where he began his life-long passion for the
outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and passed on this love to
his children who spent many joyous hours with him in pursuit of ring-neck
pheasants, walleye, and large-mouth bass.
He married the love of his life, Jane on January 18, 1958. They honeymooned
in Havana, Cuba. They then got busy raising 9 children – 8 boys and one
beautiful girl, Julie who was surrounded by her brothers as the middle
child. As Daddy’s little girl, she out-performed them all as a star
Dave graduated from St Thomas College in Minneapolis, MN with an accounting
degree. However, his other life-long passion was flying which began in the
Air Force. He was a Korean War Veteran stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He
went to work for TWA and started on the Constellation (Connie) and rapidly
ascended to Captain. He flew the 727 for years and then flew the 767
internationally until he retired in 1991.
Dave met Jane in Kansas City through mutual friends – she was a flight
attendant for Braniff Airlines. Michael was born in KC, then Dave was
transferred to San Francisco where Mark and Duane were born. He was
furloughed there and was a Public Service Officer in Sunnyvale, Ca. He was
a Fireman, Police Officer and a substitute high school teacher. He then was
transferred back to KC and ultimately raised his family in Fairway Manor
where Danny, Julie, David, Stephen, Brian and Jeff were born. He was a
devout Catholic and sent his children to St Agnes and Bishop Miege.
He travelled often with his family and particularly looked forward to his
yearly fishing trip to Lake Uchi in Ontario Canada. He spent many hours at
the family lake house at the Lake of the Ozarks where many family reunions
were enjoyed. He was the “Chairman of the Board” presiding over the fall
and spring Board Meetings.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his loving
wife, Jane. He is also survived by his brother, Roger and his sister, Judy
as well as his nine children: Michael (Martha), Mark (Judy), Duane (Susan),
Danny (SuAnn), Julie Cross (Shawn), David Joseph (Marianne), Stephen
(Kitty), Brian (Angie), Jeff (Justyna). He loved and cherished his 21
Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren as well as his nephews and nieces.
He will be remembered as a kind, gentle soul who never spoke disrespectfully
to anyone. He was highly valued as well by his colleagues at TWA who
appreciated his calm, competent mentoring style. Dave was himself an
excellent athlete and later coached his kids at St Agnes. He was an
excellent card player and routinely relieved poker players of their spare
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the American Heart
Association, American Cancer Association, and St Agnes Parish. Condolences
may be left for the family at www.MuehlebachChapel.com