Grant G. ArmentNovember 22, 1937 ~ September 11, 2020 (age 82)
A Celebration of Life for Grant G. Arment, age 82, of Norfolk, will be at a later date with Home for Funerals.
Mr. Arment passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.
Grant Garfield was born November 22, 1937 in Murdo, South Dakota to Glen and Ethel (Vogelgesang) Arment. He graduated from Kadoka High School in 1957. Following high school, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and minor in Industrial Arts in 1961 from Southern State University. In 1966, Granted earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from USD-Vermillion.
Grant married Carol Schuurmans on August 20, 1960 in Tyndall, South Dakota. The couple rejoiced in the birth of two daughters, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 20, 2020.
Grant’s teaching career spanned 37 years including: Fort Pierre, SD (1961-1962), Wynot Public Schools (1962-1967), Ainsworth Public Schools (1967 -1970), and Norfolk Public Schools (1970-1998). After retiring, he worked at Northeast Community College from 2000-2018 in the math lab as a tutor. He also tutored several students at his home.
Grant was a lifelong learner and continued in advancing his teaching skills, commenting he needed to keep learning to keep ahead of his students. He will best be remembered by his students and colleagues through his kindness, sense of humor and his dedication to teaching more than mathematics, but how to be a good person.
Grant loved the outdoors. He was especially fond of fishing and hunting. Deer hunting in Western Nebraska was an annual event with his grandson, nephew and friends. Carol and Grant enjoyed golfing and were longtime members of Fairplay Golf Course. He was a master gardener and especially liked sharing all the produce with others. He loved springtime when flowers were planted and flourished all summer long as well as a beautiful lawn.
Grant enjoyed food and was a very good cook, and it was the center of family gatherings. Grant loved his family and was active in all their lives. He was a truly a “Jack of all Trades”, and was sought out by others to advice on how to do things.
Grant painted houses many years and cherished the years he painted with his granddaughters.
Grant and Carol traveled and trips to Alaska, Canadian Rockies and Israel were highlights.
Most of all, Grant had a servant’s heart. He was active serving in his church and throughout the community for many years.
Grant is survived by his wife, Carol, daughters Julee (Dick) Pfeil and JoNell (Brad) Crain, grandchildren Drew (Jill) Pfeil, Brittany (Jason) Wolfe, Madison (Nathan) Leonard, great grandchildren Jaxyn Leonard and Kennedy Pfeil, sister Omel (Edwin) Weaver, and sister-in-law Velma Arment.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Gloria and Jim Stratton, brother, Marion (Fritz) Arment and grandchildren Aiden and Marin Crain.
Memorials may be directed in Grant's name to the Norfolk Public Schools Foundation for the creation of a scholarship to support future students at Norfolk Public Schools, 512 Phillip Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68701 or online gifts can also be directed http://weblink.donorperfect.com/NPSFdonation or First United Methodist Church, 406 West Phillip, Norfolk, NE 68701.
Cards can be sent to Carol Arment and family, 502 East Klug, Norfolk, NE 68701.