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“I served with Grady aboard the USS Sennet, he was afind young man. ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Lawrence Sayetta - Lexington, SC

“So sorry to hear of a fellow submariner passing away. I wish his family peace in knowning he did his job well here on earth and is being rewarded in...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Grover Woodward - Aiken, SC

“Great shipmate from Stonewall Jackson. Made many patrols together. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jim Christley - St Augustine, FL, FL

“Chief Biby was my 'M' Division leader on the USS Stonewal Jackson in the mid-70s. A good leader and great shipmate. Rest your oars shipmate, we...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Dave Cannon, LT USN (ret'd) - VA

“I went to school both in Rush Springs and Chickasha with Grady he was a very good and kind person, a person in all ages you would be to be proud to...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Carolyn Hamilton Whitener - OK

“I am so sorry to hear of Grady passing away. I remember Grady from school with the class of "59." Grace and peace, Linda ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Lemon Johnson - Eufaula, OK

“As a Classmate from Chickasha Class of '59, I want to send the deepest condolences to Grady's Family from myself and from all my fellow classmates. ...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Suzanne Miller Moore - Norman, OK

“So sorry to hear of Grady Glen's death. He was always a great guy. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Shirley Davis Cochran - Chickasha, OK

“I so sorry about Grady. He was my crew leader for the Census last spring and lead the training for our group. On the first day he told us that the...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Sara Wick - Portage, MI

“You have my deepest sympathy. Hadn't seen Grady since I was a child, but have fond memories of his entire family. You're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Montez (Ferrell) Wilkerson - OK

“Grady was a great man who always had a useful insight or just a kind caring smile in any situation. Grady always gave people the benefit of the...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Dan Molnar - kalamazoo, MI

“Grady was well respected for his thoughtful insight to situations. I envied his calm methodical approach to situations and will miss the calming...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Scott and Theresa Paddock - MI

“I'm so sorry his life had to end with this illness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Logan's sister, Sandy ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Sandy McCrackin - Chickasha, OK


BIBY, Grady G. Mattawan Passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2010 from mesothelomia. He was born June 28, 1940 in Chickasha, OK, the son of Grady W. and Emma Lee (Kirk) Biby and lived in the Mattawan area for many years. Grady graduated from Chickasha High School in 1959 and enlisted in the United States Navy, retiring after 20 years of service in 1979. His primary assignment was aboard nuclear subs. During his tours of duty, he earned a BS in Business Administration and a second BS in Mechanical Engineering. After retiring from the Navy, he joined Consumers Energy, retiring in 1995 from the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in South Haven. He then started his own company, Custom Surfacing, LLC, with the help of his brother-in-law, William Kenbeek. Never one to sit back idly, Grady was always willing to pursue new endeavors and was employed by a local construction company and the US Census Bureau, until his mesothelioma forced his resignation. Grady was active on the Texas Township Zoning Board of Appeals until he was elected to the Kalamazoo County Commission in 2002, a position he held until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Delorus Ann Cheatwood; a brother, Lucky Charley Biby; and a son, Justin Frederick Kerr on December 28, 2008. Grady is survived by his wife, Linda Kerr of Mattawan; his children Michael Glen Biby of Midland, Bruce Jon (Roberta) Biby of Grand Rapids, Michelle (Gordon) Henry of IN and Eric Jon (Priscilla) Kerr of Mattawan; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Mary (Logan) Waldrup of Oklahoma City, OK; a brother, Luryl Jay "Butch" (Betty) Biby of Purcell, OK; many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Calvary Reformed Church, 7829 S. 5th St., with Pastor Greg Van Heukelom officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the International Mesothelioma Program, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St. Please visit www.langelands.com for online obituary, directions, register book and condolences. 343-1508

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