Daniel Michael Grant, 65, Sycamore, died peacefully in his home Sunday, May 1, 2016, in the presence of his loving family.
He was born March 5, 1951, to Anthony and Mary (Dever) Grant in Franklin Park.
A man of strong Catholic faith, he attended St. Gertrude Elementary School. He graduated in 1969 from Woodstock High School where he met some of his dearest lifelong friends. He went on to major in marketing at Northern Illinois University.
After a successful career in sales and sales management for Burroughs Corporation, Shared Medical Systems and XA Systems, he launched Sales Consultants of Western McHenry County, later called The McHenry Group, in 1991.
He was a dedicated sports fan, golfer and bowler. What he may have lacked in talent on the golf course, he made up with his quick-witted and self-deprecating sense of humor. A lifelong fan of the Chicago White Sox, long-suffering fan of the Chicago Bears and proud fan of the NIU Huskies, he loved sharing in their trials and tribulations with good friends.
There was no escaping “Thunder” Dan’s wonderful sense of humor and sharp wit, which was evident in his office sales contests, celebrations, hilarious voicemails, annual office trips, golf rounds and time with friends.
Survivors include three children, Meagan Grant (Matt Hillen), Daniel Grant and Trisha Grant (Mark Burton); a granddaughter, Margaret Hillen; a grandchild to be born in May; a brother, Tom (Kay) Grant; two sisters, Marianne Lewin and Patricia (Ron) Radosh; former spouse and mother of his beloved children, Patricia Zarnikow; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Al Lewin.
Visitation was May 5 at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, Sycamore. The funeral mass was May 6 at the Newman Catholic Church, DeKalb. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore.
Memorials can be made to JourneyCare Foundation, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025.