Ken W. Grandstaff, 78

Ken W. Grandstaff, 78, of Roann, died at 10:50 p.m., Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.  He was born February 22, 1937 in Peru, Indiana to Lloyd and Alma (Ensley) Grandstaff.

Ken was a 1955 graduate of Roann High School, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1959, attended I.U. School of Law one year, and graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1961. He continued the operation of Grandstaff Funeral Home in Roann after the death of his father in 1959. He brought Steven Hentgen into partnership and together they purchased Hover-Miner Funeral Home in Wabash in 1975 and Garrett & Sloane Mortuary of Wabash and Bender Funeral Home of North Manchester in 1992. He was past president of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association and served on the Indiana State Board of Funeral Home and Cemetery Licensing. Mr. Grandstaff retired from funeral service in 2008, at which time his nephew, Chad Maple, joined the partnership.

He was a civic-minded leader. He served on the Roann Library Board, was a charter member and organizer of the Roann Merchant's Association, ROLANCO and the Roann Condominium Association. He was a member of the Wabash Rotary, Elks Lodge, Hanna Masonic Lodge, and Fort Wayne Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine since 1975. He was a former president of the Wabash Chamber of Commerce, and a life member of the Board of Directors of the Honeywell Foundation, Inc, actively serving 22 years.  Ken was a life-long member of the Roann United Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time, whenever possible, at Lake Wawasee. 

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Grandstaff of Roann; two daughters, Julie Kay (Joseph) Kostka of Naperville, Ill., and Jean Marie (Douglas) Morehouse of Brookston; three grandchildren, Nathan Joseph Kostka of Naperville, and Jack Douglas Morehouse and Anna Marie Morehouse, both of Brookston; and his sister, Kay (Barry) Maple of Wabash.

Funeral services will be 2 pm, Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Roann United Methodist Church, located at the corner of South Arnold and East Adams Streets in Roann, with Pastors Wayne Balmer and Kurt Snyder officiating.  Burial will be in Roann Community Cemetery, Roann. Friends may call Wednesday, July 22, 2015, from 2 - 8 pm at Grandstaff-Hentgen Roann Chapel, 335 South Chippewa Road, Roann.

Preferred memorial are the following Roann organizations: The Roann Public Library, The Roann Covered Bridge Association, The Stockdale Mill Foundation, and The Roann Community Heritage.

The memorial guest book for Ken may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Jul 21