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5/1/2014 8:00:00 AM
Spc. Ryan P. Grandstaff
Nov. 14, 1989 - April 23, 2014
Ryan Grandstaff
Ryan Grandstaff

Spc. Ryan P. Grandstaff, 24, Winamac, died at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Katterbach, Germany as a result of an automobile accident.

Ryan was born on November 14, 1989, in South Bend. He graduated from Winamac Community High School in 2009. Ryan ran on the high school track team where he was a co-record holder in the 4x100 yard relay. He loved playing football and continued his football career at Anderson University. He then attended Vincennes University for aviation technology.

Ryan worked at the Braun Corporation and Plymouth Tube before joining the military.

He joined the U.S. Army on October 2, 2012, and became a crew chief on a Blackhawk Medivac Helicopter. He was stationed to Ansbach, Germany, on April 27, 2013. Ryan loved flying and playing on the Illesheim Black'N Blue Rugby Team.

He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing and shooting archery. Ryan enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved people.

Ryan will be sadly missed by his friends and family.

Survivors include his father Paul (Shannin) Grandstaff, Winamac; his mother, Tammy Hopkins (Steven) Huskins, Rochester; two brothers, Kyle (Monica) Grandstaff, Royal Center, and Sean (Breann) Grandstaff, Winamac; paternal grandmother, Carol Ann Grant Grandstaff, Winamac; maternal grandparents, Harold and Thelma Button Hopkins, Winamac; three nieces, Elizabeth Grace Grandstaff, Eliza Kelly Grandstaff and Braylee Elysse Kough; stepsisters and stepbrothers, Dakota Lane Heims, Julianna Katherine Heims, Hannah Marie Huskins, Heidi Lynn Huskins, S. Luke Huskins, Ethan Ryan Huskins and Jonathan Dakota Huskins.

Funeral Services is 11 a.m. EDT, Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Church of the Heartland, Winamac, with Pastor Jon McDougle and Pastor Chad Ritchie officiating. Burial will take place in McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Winamac.

Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 2, 2014, at Church of the Heartland.

Memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Warrior Project or to a fund to assist his comrades who are traveling to Ryan's funeral from Germany.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

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