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Galen Dwight Gransden, 84, of Edenville, passed away peacefully at home on January 19, 2020. He was born on September 12, 1935 to the late Lyle and Flora (Swanton) Gransden.   On February 17, 1956 he married Margaret Smith in Norwich, England and they shared 58 wonderful years together before she predeceased him October 13, 2014.

Galen was a resident of Edenville, MI all of his life. He raised his family in Edenville and when time permitted, he spent winters with his beautiful wife enjoying southern Arizona and golfing. Galen joined the U.S. Air Force on the 9th of January 1954 as a jet engine mechanic serving with the 47th Bombardment Wing in the 85th Bombardment Squadron which was located Sculthorpe, England and was released from active duty on the 9th of January 1958. Galen worked for the Midland County Sheriff’s office from 1964-1977 when he left holding the rank of Lieutenant. He then went on to work with his brother at Gransden Sales from 1977-1997. Galen served as an Edenville Township Trustee from 2009 through 2016. He was a member of the Sanford, MI American Legion Post 443 which he supported for over 27 continuous years, was a lifetime member of both the Sanford Moose Lodge #2519 and the Disabled American Vets. Galen enjoyed visiting with people. He studied genealogy and was a historian for Edenville Township. Galen was an avid Detroit Lion’s fan and enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and his dog, Sky.

Galen is survived by his sons, Glen Gransden, Keith (Bridgette) Gransden and grandchildren, Alaina, Natalie and Gabe Gransden.

Galen was predeceased by his son, Gary Gransden, his brothers, Lavon and Alden.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home Pastor Ray Jacques officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5 -7 pm and on Saturday from 10 am until the time of service. Military honors will be under the auspices of the United States Air Force and the Midland County Veterans.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sanford American Legion’s Vet Service Fund or MidMichigan Home Care.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gransden family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.


Condolence Messages

  1. Liz Boyes

    24 January 2020 2 years ago

    Enjoyed reading and sharing stories about the genealogy of the family and his dedication to getting it all into a book. Our family goes “way back” to the days of visiting with Lyle and Flora -the farming days ! Fond memories . Our prayers and condolences to the extended members of the family of the Gransden’s- Kathy(Gransden) and John Meissner and Liz(Gransden) and Kim Boyes (John and Shirley Gransden’s daughters)

  2. Janice Shanahan

    24 January 2020 2 years ago

    I was good friends with his brother. Lavon. My condolences to Galen’s family.

  3. Jane Gransden

    24 January 2020 2 years ago

    I enjoyed talking with Galen about our family history.
    My condolences.

  4. Janice Shanahan

    24 January 2020 2 years ago

    i’ve been thinking about you since Von passed. I wish your family well.

    Jan Shanahan

  5. Kristie McCrary Kambourakis

    23 January 2020 2 years ago

    I really enjoyed getting to know Galen and learning about our shared genealogy. My condolences to you family.

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