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Oakdale Mortuary & Oakdale Memorial Park

1401 South Grand Ave, Glendora, CA

OBITUARY

Daryl Grady

September 19, 1936March 18, 2020
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In Kansas City, Kansas on Saturday, September 19, 1936, Daryl was born into the Gayden family. The family moved to Los Angeles when Daryl was about 7 years old. Over time he became a big brother to two sisters, Henriette and Luida, whom he adored. Daryl was athletic and enjoyed participating in sports. While attending Polytech and Belmont High Schools, he played football. He loved the game so much that when he broke his ankle, he never told his parents because he wanted to continue to play. Daryl attended college where he received his degree. He later attended Los Angeles Trade Tech where he pursued his real passion, automotive mechanics. Daryl loved working on cars. Daryl would collect car parts and at the age of 15, he actually put a car together that was drivable. Daryl married Florence Belton, and they were blessed with two lovely daughters, Ketrin and Rhumel. He loved his girls and he embraced being a family man. Daryl had many hobbies, he was constantly taking pictures and videos, preserving precious memories and history. He loved water and snow skiing, biking and many other activities. He loved the challenge of learning. He was always busy helping others, and spending time with friends and family. Daryl worked at the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where he worked for approximately 35 years in the Automotive Department. He promoted to Supervisor and later ran the Automotive Train the Trainer Program. He retired from the City of Los Angeles in 1992. He was well loved and respected by many throughout the Department. Daryl met Janice Gilbert while at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Their friendship developed into a long romantic relationship ending in marriage. They married on February 2, 2008. Their life journey together was filled with love, mutual respect, and fun. They enjoyed spending time with family, friend and church activities. Daryl attended Tri City Baptist Church in West Covina, where he used his various talents to serve the church. God called Daryl home on Tuesday morning, March 18, 2020. Daryl leaves to cherish his sweet memories his wife Janice Grady, daughters: Ketrin (Jerry) Earwood and Rhumel Grady, along with his sister Luida Johnson, and stepsons: Thomas (Lisa) Hite and Sean (Carolyn) Hite, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents Ethelue and Murphy Grady, and sister Henriette Lyles.

  • FAMILY

  • Janice Grady, Wife

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Memories

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Dr. Serita “Kay” Wright

April 6, 2020

My cousin Daryl will always remain in my heart for his wisdom and his passion for life. He was such a gifted and talented man who never allowed obstacles to block his view. He will be missed by so many. Gone but never forgotten.
Thank you to his wife Janice for being a loving-devoted caregiver to the end. May God bless you! Your Kansas City cousin❤️

Christine Iyer

April 5, 2020

Grandpa was an incredible human being. He was tall and strong, able to command a room but also gentle and loving in so many ways. We’d go on long, beautiful bike rides and he taught me how to shoot my first beebee gun. He always had a camera or camcorder in his hand. He had the best laugh and growing up with him was such a blessing. He taught me so many things and I remember time with him fondly. He will be missed tremendously. We are sending so much love to Janice, Ketrin and Rhumel from the Iyer Family

Frank McHenry

April 4, 2020

Daryl Grady was a great friend and supervisor, he encouraged me to do my very best. He gave me the opportunity to be his lead man at work for a short period of time. I really appreciate his great leadership.
Grady was the most level headed person that I have ever known. He always liked taking pictures at every Christmas gathering. At work, he would also take pictures of all the workers' families.
He left a great legacy at D.W.P. He will be truly missed.


Frank McHenry

Loretta Johnson

April 1, 2020

Daryl was a wonderful and kind person. He had such a quiet and gentle spirit. My family and I extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Janice and the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Loretta Johnson and family

Sean Hite Jr

April 1, 2020

There are many things I can say about grandpa, he was kind, loving, dedicated, and the list goes on. But there’s one thing I will always know him for, and that’s making each and every one of us feel like a star. No mater what it was, just going over in the summer to swim, birthdays, dances to concerts, riding bikes or just skating. You’d always feel like you where the biggest thing in the world. Thank you grandpa I love you and I’m going to miss you.

Shana Rodgers

March 31, 2020

Dear Aunt Janice and family,

We are sending our sincerest condolences to you all during this time. Uncle Daryl was always a ray of sunshine and we will never forget his kindness towards us.

I met Uncle Daryl on a family trip we all took to Hawaii. He was so warm and engaging. What I mostly cherished is how much he cared for my aunt and his daughters. He has continued to be a loving presence in all of our lives and the world is so blessed to have had him in it..

Fortunately he is at peace and I pray that the Lord will comfort your hearts and minds..until we all meet again.

God Bless You,

Shana and Simone Rodgers

John & Isabel Bowers

March 30, 2020

Daryl,
Your warm smile and gentle demeanor will be greatly missed by all who knew you.
Our deepest and most sincere condolences to Janice and the entire family.
Respectfully,
John, Isabel, Pearlie, Stan and the entire Bowers Clan

Sean Hite

March 30, 2020

I write this letter to a man I admired, lets call him Father, Grandfather, and Friend. You came in to my life when I was confused and lost, I didn't understand the ways of being a man. You didn't come in the way most men do, looking for or demanding respect from your new relationship that was being developed, you came in with a charismatic, un-driven leadership and shared with us your enthusiasm and experience which helped in guiding us to choose the right path.
Showed us to be slow to anger and always have a direction to follow. Later in life when I had my children, you were instantly "Grandpa" never a question, your undeniable love for my children your grandchildren is unmatched. I marvel at how you were to me as a man, Father, Grandfather, Friend.
I hope to be half the man you were.
The Lord says raise a child in the way of the Lord and he shall continue on the path later in life. Your life reminds me of the parable - plant the seed and let the Lord continue to grow it. You were that seed for me, and I would like to emulate your Life as Father, Grandfather, and Friend.
I love you and miss you, may you have peace in the hands of the Lord.
Sean Hite Sr.

TRESA and CEDRIC MELCHER

March 30, 2020

DARYL WAS SUCH A KIND AND GOOD MAN THAT MY DAD (JANICE'S BROTHER) MAKING A JOKE, ONCE SAID "IF JANICE WON'T MARRY HIM I WILL". THAT SHOWED WHAT A SPECIAL MAN DARYL WAS. THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD THINGS I COULD SAY ABOUT DARYL , BUT WHAT COMES TO MIND IS, DURING FAMILY FUNCTION, DARYL TOOK ON THE ROLE OF PERSERVING FAMILY MEMORIES BY ALWAYS HAVING HIS CAMERA HANDY. DARYL HAD A HEART OF GOLD, BUT NOW HE'S WALKING ON STREETS OF GOLD WITH THE LORD.
REST IN PEACE.
TRESA AND CEDRIC

James Rodgers

March 30, 2020

My beloved brother and fellow member of the spouses club, I always admired your gentle spirit and your gift for helping and giving. I am so grateful you came into my life as an example of Christ-like behavior and selflessness. Rest now. You lived well.

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