Grant Mclean Stiles died with his family by his side Sunday January 15, 2012 in Walla Walla, WA.
A grave side service will be held Friday January 20, 2012 at 2 PM.
He was 95 years old. Grant was born March 30, 1916 in New England, Hettinger County,
North Dakota. He was the son of Arthor Earl Stiles and Bertha
Josefina Boettcher. Their family moved to Walla Walla in 1931.
Grant attended Walla Walla High School. He married Meda
Lee Kenney August 30, 1941 in Walla Walla. They were
married 71 years.
Grant served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed
in California. He also served in the US Army in WWII in
the South Pacific. After the war he returned home to work
as a carpenter. He worked in Walla Walla for contractors
Henry Gross and others. He was a master carpenter with a
remarkable attention to detail.
Grant was a tremendous athlete playing minor league
baseball before joining the Army during WWII. He was a
pitcher and infielder. Grant coached Little League Baseball
for over 25 years. He also refereed high school basketball,
umpired baseball games, was an avid bowler and life
member of the Elks.
Grant built two houses, one on Chestnut Street and one
at 2nd Avenue. He also built a motor home, sailboat and
was involved in Forever Living Products. He and Meda
raised over 600 rabbits at one time until a small tornado
destroyed their rabbit shed. Grant had a pilot's license
and liked to fly , giving it up only after Meda decided that
flying in small airplanes was not for her.
Grant started a saw filing business. He sharpened metal
circular saw blades, hand saws, planer knives and later
expanded to sharpen carbide tippled saw blades. He then
formed Carbide Saw Service with his son Mike which is
still in business today.
Grant is survived by his wife Meda, and children Kay
(John) Ludi, David (Ayantu) Stiles, Jim (Lynn) Stiles, Mike
Stiles, Patty (Paul) Neiffer and 18 grand children.
Donations may be sent to Group Health Hospice Care.
Grant Mclean Stiles (1916 - 2012)