Robert “Bob” Granger, 74, of Washington, died at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes. He had been ill for awhile, but death was unexpected.
Born Feb. 1, 1940, in Wheatland, he was the son of the late Samuel and Christine (Whitfield) Granger Jr.
He was educated in the Knox County school system and graduated in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965 and was stationed in Italy. While enlisted, he played on the Army baseball team. He worked at McCord’s and Old Ben Coal Mine. He was a member of the UMWA Local 5179. As a member he was appointed to be an arbitration representative for fellow union members. Throughout his life, Bob was a positive contributor within his community. He played baseball in the 1970s and in the 1980s he coached Youth Junior League, Senior League, and the Senior League All Star baseball. He was a charter member of the Optimist Club and a member of the Promise Keepers.
In 1979 Bob accepted God’s call to the ministry and he worked diligently and earnestly as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Wheatland until the time of his passing.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Gooch) Granger, whom he married Sept. 11, 1965; two daughters, Yolonda Bostic of Atadene, Calif., and Bobbie Granger of Washington; one son, Shane Granger of Washington; eight grandchildren, Brandon (Elizabeth) Humphries of Washington, Perrin Granger of Washington, Brittany (Keionte) Copeland of Evansville, Caleb Murphy of Washington, Gianna Granger, Kenadi Granger, Karson Granger and Kapri Granger, all of Washington; three great-grandchildren, Mia Humphries, Dolce Copeland and Breckyn Ivers; one sister, Phyllis (Granger) Morton of Washington.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Peggy Sue Granger.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wheatland Christian Church, with Rev. Joseph Owens officiating. Burial will be in Wheatland Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the Washington American Legion and VFW.
Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Ed Lee Mortuary and after 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Wheatland, P.O. Box 176, Wheatland, IN 47597.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.edleemortuary.com