July 30, 1936 - July 18, 2016
Richard Earl Grinstead passed away at the age of 79 surrounded by his wife of nearly 60 years, his children and several grandchildren. Richard was born July 30, 1936 in Boone Colorado to William Tennyson and Elsa Pearl Grinstead. Richard lived in Boone and graduated from Boone High School in 1954. Richard “Grinny” Grinstead was class officer his senior year, competed in athletics all four years, drama his senior and freshman year, and journalism his junior year. At the age of 18 he began working at CF&I where he completed his machinist certificate, he eventually went on to become a master machinist. Richard was a skilled baseball player, however, he chose to marry the love of his life Donna, and forgo the chance at a professional baseball tryout with the Kansas City Royals. After 36 years he retired from CF&I and went to work for McCuistion Aerial Applicators and later on worked at Target Warehouse.
Richard married Donna Jean Kesterson on September 30, 1956 at First Baptist Church in Fowler. They were months shy of celebrating their 60th anniversary. Richard’s passion for athletics was transferred to his children. He spent several years coaching his son Ron’s league baseball team. He was a lifelong supporter of his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids sports and activities. He, along with his wife Donna, spent several hours and traveled several miles to cheer on and support their loved ones.
Richard was a former member of Heritage Baptist Church and is currently a member of Pitkin Avenue Baptist Church. He taught Sunday school for many years and was an ordained deacon. He also was a member of Cottonwood Links Golf Course, where club members to this day are thrilled to see his golf cart with the special license plate “Grinny” hit the links. Additionally he enjoyed having coffee at Otero True Value. Over the past few years not many days went by that you didn't find Richard and his best friend Emil Rogge sitting on the bench at OTV enjoying each others company and their coffee.
If one is asked to describe Richard, Grinny, Dad, Grandpa, or Grandpa-Great (as he is known by his great children) first and foremost would be Christian. He was and will always be a constant reminder of how to be faithful and live life the way Jesus taught us to…and to always “be with those we should pray for” as he always ended his prayers with. He loved his family, and his constant support will be memories that last a lifetime. Finally, socializer, he loved puttering in his golf cart around town and visiting with any and every one that crossed his path.
He is survived by his wife Donna Grinstead of Fowler; son, Ron Grinstead (Anne) of Las Animas and daughter, Tammie Nelson (Troy) of Fowler, grandsons, Charles Grinstead (Maria) of Alexandria, VA, Richard B. Grinstead of Fowler, John Grinstead of Fowler, Brandon McCuistion (Lacy) of Fowler, Bryant McCuistion (Shelby) of Fowler and granddaughter, Britnee McCuistion of Fowler and eight great grandchildren, Emily and Ethan Grinstead, Hagen, Bruley and Syler McCuistion, Ava and Roman Camacho, and Austen McCuistion.
He is proceeded in death by his parents William and Elsa Grinstead, siblings, Lawrence (Slim) Grinstead, William (Art) Grinstead, Lillie (Ellen) Cress, Harold Grinstead, Oakie Six, Opal Nolting, James Grinstead, and Clarence Grinstead.
Services were held at Pitkin Avenue Baptist Church in Fowler Colorado with his final resting place in the Fowler Cemetery.