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GRANT, Raphael (Ray)

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GRANT, Raphael (Ray). (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 30, 1939--Dubuque, IA Dec. 13, 2022) Dubuque lost one of its great baseball authorities and one of the greatest friends to many of us with the passing of Ray Grant, a frequent contributor to this encyclopedia. The son of William and Frances Grant, Ray as a child lived in a small house on the grounds of the Sister’s of the Presentation where his parents worked.

He attended Nativity grade school and graduated from DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. At a young age, he and his sister Madonna lost their parents within a year of each other, and Ray was thrust into the world to become self-sufficient. In 1961, he married the love of his life, Jeanne Triervieler, who remained by his side and held his hand until the end.

In 1963, Ray decided he wanted to operate the LUX CLUB, moved into the little house next door, and took over the tavern. He only operated the bar for a short time before selling it in 1974, understanding the values of raising a family versus the time and cost of running a bar. During that time Ray sponsored multiple championship teams, earning him a spot in the DUBUQUE SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME. Ray found his career at H & W MOTOR EXPRESS where he was a dispatcher for over 20 years until he retired. Ray was a diehard Chicago Bears fan and knew everything there was to know about Dubuque and the people in it.

Ray made a living out of serving others and calling drivers. After he retired, he called family and friends constantly and if you stopped by, the first thing he asked is what could he get for you. Ray enjoyed a competitive game of euchre, watching NASCAR or just sitting in the sun having a cigar.

Ray and Jeanne raised 3 kids, Sue (Dan) O’Hara, Bill (Kim) Grant, and John Grant. They have 6 grandchildren, Ryan O’Hara, Kaitlin (Nate) Fell, Molly (Alex Dress) O’Hara, Sam Grant, Mike Grant and Olivia Grant and 4 great-grandchildren, Jack O’Hara, Tommy Fell, Ben Fell and Nora Fell.



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