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Ted Dickey Funeral Home

2128 18Th Street, Plano, TX

OBITUARY

Rodney Gant

24 April , 193312 August , 2019
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Rodney Ray Gant, age 86, passed away on August 12th, 2019 with his family by his side. Rodney was born on Aril 24, 1933 in Dallas, Texas. He is survived by his wife Mary Katherine Stone Gant, the love of his life, who he married two weeks after her 16th birthday in December of 1956. They were married for 62 years. He is also survived by their 4 children; Cindi, Craig, Keith and his wife Cheryl and Dale and his wife Elaine, 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 2 sisters; Louise Cucovatz and Rachel Barrier. He loved his wife and family beyond description. At age 17 he worked driving a tractor-trailer rig solo from Dallas to various midwestern states. Rodney was in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, stationed in Karlsruhe, Germany. He retired from the Dallas Fire Department in 1983 at the age of 50 after 22 years of service. Rodney was also an airplane flight instructor and corporate pilot with over 5,000 hours including over 500 hours multi-engine. After retiring he volunteered with the Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Team. Pappaw was a strong, hardworking man with a great sense of humor. He was loved immensely and will be greatly missed by many. Services will be held at First Baptist Plano, 1300 East 15th Street, on Friday, August 16th at 10am. Burial at Plano Mutual Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Ted Dickey Funeral Home, 2128 18th Street between 6-8pm on Thursday, August 15th. The family would like to thank those that helped care for Rodney in his final days. We would like to thank Granny Nannies and Careplus Hospice for their caring services.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, 15 August , 2019
  • Service Friday, 16 August , 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, 16 August , 2019

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Cindi Gant

9 September 2019

Thank you to everyone for your condolences, visits, food, flowers, cards and phone calls. My dad was loved dearly and is greatly missed. He loved God, children and life. Dad had a great sense of humor and loved practical jokes and acting silly. He was a kid at heart. He also had a servant's heart. He practiced tough love with warm hugs and kisses. He only had a high school education but was well read and smarter than most. I picture him in heaven asking God where he can volunteer and talking with the geniuses that went on before him. He used to ask mom, "Why can't I just go?". Mom would say,"God is still working on your mansion. God will let you know when it's ready." Four weeks ago construction ended & the landscaping was completed. No more dementia or heart trouble. Dad is healthy and enjoying heaven's beauty and catching up with the loved ones that were waiting. I love you and miss you dad. We all do.

Wendy Maldonado

16 August 2019

Rodney Grant was a amazing, kind man. He and Katherine gave us a warm welcome to the neighborhood when my family and I moved right next door. During our move Rodney would always lend a hand whenever possible and and he would always wave at us and give a warm hello. A funny memory we shared was the time Rodney knocked on our door and told us that he was greeted by a “surprise visitor” in his backyard and it was our dog saying hello.


On the behalf of the Maldonado family we sincerely give our condolences to Katherine, and the rest of the Grant family. Rodney will be dearly missed.

Reggie Green

15 August 2019

My heart felt thoughts and prayers go out the the entire Gant family. I remember Mr. Gant for his kindness to everyone he came in contact with, he always had a smile on his face when seen walking the neighbor hood. Growing up with the Williamsburg Gang I thought of him as the gentle giant. My heart is saddened to lose such a awesome man. I know God doesn't make mistakes, so I pray for comfort, understanding, and strength for all who loved him. Mr. Gant! You will be truly missed! Rest Easy my friend
Reggie Green

Kristie Barrier Stith

14 August 2019

I will always remember Uncle Rodney for his hilarious antics balanced with his ability to be an interesting conversationalist. He had a unique curiosity about life, ranging from flying to photography. I remember his crazy stories about the amazing pranks that he would pull as a young man. I admired him for his service as a fireman and volunteer for the Texas Baptist Emergency Workers. We will miss Uncle Rodney!

Rachel Barrier

14 August 2019

Rodney was the oldest child in our family. After my parents passed we were somewhat at a loss because we had family gatherings and holidays in their home. Rodney and Katherine picked up the Mantle and became the "comfort zone" where our family would gather for family get-togethers. Rodney was was a hard worker and had 2 jobs to support his family: as firefighter and Central Freight driver. Rodney will be missed.

Bruce Schwanbeck

13 August 2019

My memory of Rodney is when I was a young man and my parents lived on Springwater in Dallas. Some boys shot bottle rockets off catching the neighborhood wooden cedar roofs on fire. Captain Gant's fire truck was one of the responders. When they drove by our house on the way to the big fire down the street Rodney saw our home starting to burn from the embers floating thru the air on this windy day. He jumped off the truck got up on our roof and put the fire out using the water hose. It left a pretty big hole. He then preceded on to the real big fire. Mom was so thankful for his heroics that day she was home. We all were. Thank you Rodney Gant. Our hero.

David Cucovatz

13 August 2019

Photo of Dylan and Rodney from the last Christmas I was able to attend at the Kilbride house in 2009! Uncle Rodney is Dylan’s Great Great Uncle!

Billy Ellis

13 August 2019

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13 August 2019

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13 August 2019

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