homepage logo

Grant ‘Bumps’ M. Willmert, 98

Feb 26, 2017

Grant Willmert

Glencoe Grant “Bumps” Markhanna Willmert, age 98, of Glencoe, passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services, Hospice Care Unit in Glencoe. Blessed be his memory. Memorial services were held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe. Interment was at the Glencoe City Cemetery in Glencoe. Pastor Michael Fritz officiated.

Grant “Bumps” Markhanna Willmert was born on May 23, 1918, in Blue Earth. He was the son of Silas Ludwin and Gladys Eveline (Morgan) Willmert. Grant was baptized as an infant and later was confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 29, 1929, at Evangelical Church in Blue Earth. He received his education in Blue Earth. Upon graduating Grant enlisted in the United States Navy on March 27, 1944, and served his country during World War 2. He received an Honorable Discharge on Dec. 26, 1945, in Seattle, Washington, as a Radar Man 3rd Class.

On June 11, 1939, Grant was united in marriage to Melva Thrush by Rev. H. Hiller at the Evangelical Church parsonage in Blue Earth. Grant and Melva made their home in Blue Earth until 1949 when they moved to Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Barry, Sharie and Patti. Grant and Melva shared over 59 years of marriage, until Melva passed away on Aug. 10, 1998.

Grant worked in the Glencoe area for 56 years. He transferred from Blue Earth Green Giant Company to the Glencoe Plant where he was the warehouse superintendent. He then owned and operated Willmert Inc. a trucking company and in July 1978 Grant and his son Barry purchased Auto Driveway and later retired in 1989. Grant also owned about 40 acres of orange and grapefruit groves in McAllen, Texas. Grant was an active member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe, where he served as a deacon and trustee. He was also a member of the Masons, Shriners, Crow River Shrine Club, Royal Order of Jesters Court #53 in Minneapolis, Marco Island Shrine Club and a councilman for the City of Glencoe. He was also lifetime member of Glencoe VFW Post # 5102 and Glencoe American Legion Post #95.

Grant enjoyed stamp collecting, watching Minnesota sports, especially the Minnesota Gophers football and basketball team, and playing cribbage every Tuesday with his neighbor Nick, traveling, fishing, gardening and pheasant hunting back in the day.

Grant is survived by his daughters, Sharie Bell, of Overland Park, Kansas, Patti (Larry) Olson, of Glencoe; daughter-in-law, Joanne (Willmert) Sheedy, of Chanhassen; grandchildren, Todd Willmert, of Edina, Carrie (Willmert) Bloom (Scott), of Edina, Mark Willmert, of Minneapolis, Heidi (Bell) Bertoncin (James), of Merriam, Kansas, Cameron Olson, of Glencoe, Grant Olson, of New Auburn, Angela (Olson) Bolt, of Glencoe; great-grandchildren, Talia Willmert, of Edina, Triana Willmert, of Edina, Shelby Robertson, of Merriam, Kansas, Erin Robertson, of Merriam, Kansas, Dylan Robertson, of Merriam, Kansas, Ariana Bolt, of Glencoe; sister-in-law, Thelma Mikkelson, of New Ulm; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Grant is preceded in death by his parents, Silas and Gladys (Morgan) Willmert; wife, Melva (Thrush) Willmert; son, Barry Willmert; Grant’s dog, Buster; sister, Wanda Willmert; brother, Sylvester Willmert; son-in-law, Richard Bell; grandson, Clark Bell; great-grandson, Nicholas Bell; sisters-in-law, Clarice Greise, Joyce Prill, Joy Thrush; brothers-in-law, Wayne Thrush, Clarence Prill, Donald Mikkelson, Art Greise.

Memorials preferred to the Shriners Home for Crippled Children.

Arrangements by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel, of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com.