A Longtime Elk Grove, CA resident Kenneth Ray Grant Sr. 72, went to be with his family in heaven on December 17th, 2020.
Kenneth was born on February 21, 1948 in Sacramento, CA to Turner Grant Sr. and Pansy Grant.
Ken attended Elk Grove High School and graduated in 1966. He married Sophia Arlene Pantlick Sheppard in 1967. The same year he was drafted in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. He was assigned to the Military Police and as a frontline jeep gunman. He was honorably discharged after serving in Vietnam.
After serving in the Army, Ken worked very hard and saved enough money to open a flooring and interior business with his wife. He was a brilliant businessman and invested wisely the following years. With the help of his brother, sister and wife, Ken built one of the first homes on School Street in Elk Grove, CA in 1977. He loved the sound of the train behind the house he built and lived there until he went to be with Jesus.
Ken was a loving husband of 53 years and is survived by his wife Sophia Arlene Grant, by his brother Turner Grant and sister Sharon Grant. He adored his children and leaves behind Kimberly Dawn Grant, Kenneth Ray Jr. (Jennifer) Grant, Julie Elaine Grant and Tiffany Raylene (Brandon) Halley. His stepson Charles Wayne Sheppard Jr. is with him in heaven. He was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. His grandchildren were his world. He was a proud Papa/KG and is survived by his Twenty two grandchildren Joshua John, Chelsea Renee, Jordan Jacob, Demi Rae, Charles Wesley, Sophia Dawn, Kenneth Ray 3rd, Jeremiah Joel, Faith La Dawn, Brandon James, Izabella Raylene, Alyssa Rose, Alivia Grace, Grace Rose, Hope Brittany Marie, Carter James, Dawson Lewis, Joy Daisy, Delilah Pearl, Barry, Summer and Ashalee. Three great grandchildren Savanna Faith, Tristin Wesley and Maverick Joshua John.
If you knew Ken, you knew how much he loved his family. He made sure to call daily just to chat. Family gatherings at his home were his favorite moments. He had a great sense of humor, a quick wit and always had a joke to make you smile or laugh! He was the best coach, loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was full of wisdom and always had good advice. He was humble with a kind spirit. He had the biggest heart and was always willing to help someone in need. He was a man of integrity and would keep his word on a simple handshake. Ken was very intelligent and didn’t need a calculator while working with numbers. He had an impeccable memory! He never needed to look at a picture to remember things that happened in his life. He could tell you a story in detail that had happened to him as young as two years old. He was sharp and his memory was amazing until the day he went to heaven.
Ken was saved and baptized on the same day as his eldest daughter Kimberly. He loved the Lord and believed in miracles.
“Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place. I can feel His mighty power and His grace. I can hear the brush of angels wings. I see glory on each face. Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.” His family will lay him to rest on January 15, 2021 11am at East Lawn, Elk Grove Memorial Park 9189 E. Stockton Blvd, 95624