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Jerry L. Grady

February 22, 1944 — April 17, 2023

Independence, Missouri

Jerry Lee Grady, 79, of Independence, was born February 22, 1944, in Kanas City, Missouri, the son of John A. and Georgia R. (Mount) Grady. He departed this life Monday, April 17, 2023, at Truman Medical Center.

Jerry attended East High School and was a man of many talents. He worked as a baker, a steel worker at Armco Steel, a construction worker at Alderson Construction and an entrepreneur. He owned and operated Grady’s Gold Finds, Blue Springs Transmission, Grady’s Snow Removal and Grady’s Glass Repair. 

Jerry was a member of several area car clubs and the Independence Historical Society. He enjoyed working on vintage cars, hot-rodding, and attending car shows where he earned hundreds of trophies for his custom cars. He also enjoyed motorcycle riding, collecting guns and coins, bow hunting and was a skilled marksman. 

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his loving partner, Mary Harves; two brothers, James Grady and John Grady, Jr.; and one sister, Sandra Grady.

He is survived by two sons, Mark (and Coral) Watson of Pleasant Hill, and George Watson of El Dorado Springs; one daughter, Tammy Grady-Mallon of Independence; one step son, Eric (Dusty) Harves of Independence; six grandchildren, Natasha Watson, Anthony Watson, Marissa Mallon, Dalton Mallon, Augustus Harves and Adeline Harves; one brother, Rick (and Kelly) Grady of Chilhowee; twin sisters, Kay Grady and Gay Grady; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of many close friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

A Celebration of Jerry’s life and car gathering will be held this fall.  Time and location will be posted on the funeral home website when that information becomes available.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Independence Historical Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Edenburn Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


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