Funeral services for a local soldier killed last week in Germany are this weekend in his home town. Army Spc. Ryan P. Grandstaff of Winamac, died in a single-vehicle accident in Ansbach, Germany last Wednesday morning at 4:45 a.m. He was 24. Grandstaff graduated from Winamac Community High School in 2009, where he ran track and was a co-record holder on the four by 100 relay team. He loved playing football and continued his career at Anderson University. Grandstaff then attended Vincennes University and studied aviation technology. He worked for Plymouth Tube and the Braun Corporation before joining the Army on Oct. 2, 2012. Grandstaff became a crew chief on a Blackhawk Medivac Helicopter. He was stationed to Ansbach, Germany on April 27, 2013.
Grandstaff loved flying and playing on the Illesheim Black’N Blue Rugby Team. He also enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing and shooting archery. Grandstaff loved people and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His funeral will be Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m. EDT at Church of the Heartland in Winamac. Visitation will take place there Friday, May 2 from 3 until 9 p.m. EDT. Memorial contributions may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project or to a fund to assist his fellow soldiers who are traveling from Germany to attend his funeral. Frain Mortuary in Winamac is in charge of arrangements.