James  Vernon Grant
James Vernon Grant

September 13, 1967 - April 23, 2024
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Norwalk
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James (Jim) Vernon Grant, age 56, passed away in a car accident on Tuesday, April 23rd while vacationing in Scotland. He leaves behind a legacy of love for family, kindness, and community service. He truly lived life to the fullest.

Jim was born in Des Moines on September 13, 1967 to Larry and Donna Grant. He was united in marriage to Christin Massey on May 26, 1990. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1985, graduated from Upper Iowa University, then earned his Master’s Degree from Drake University where his grandfather had graduated many years earlier.

Jim was so very proud of his four children. He took great pride in being a father and exposing his children to a love of travel. He loved going to new places and meeting new people. He volunteered for many things, one of which was helping run the Outlaw softball organization for many years. He hosted many Chinese students over the years as a way of exposing his children to other cultures along with exposing those students to America.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Donna; wife, Chris; his children, Andrew (Alexa), Chas, Peiton, and Meilin; brother, Larry (Jennifer); two half sisters (Elaine & Tiffany); many nieces and nephews; his two German Shepherds, Lucie and Mannie. Preceding Jim in death are both sets of grandparents and his father, Larry Sr.

A visitation will be held at the Iles Funeral Home in Norwalk, Iowa on Sunday, May 19th from 3 - 6 p.m. There will not be a funeral, but instead, a celebration of life will be held at The Hall located in West Des Moines on Monday, May 20 from 6 - 8 pm. You're invited to wear your Hawaiian shirts, Outlaw softball gear, and come ready to share a good story of Jim. A private burial will be held with close family members in Paton, Iowa that week. Memorial contributions can be made to his family to go towards equipment for the Norwalk High School softball team along with a local no kill animal shelter.

Arrangements by Iles Norwalk Chapel





Iles Norwalk Chapel
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA US 50211
Sunday, May 19, 2024
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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