Grady Steensrud – Monroe Times
Grady Steensrud, 77, of Kennesaw, GA, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at WellStar Community Hospice Tranquility at Cobb in Marietta, Georgia.
He was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Gerhard (Gay) and Eileen Grim Steensrud. Grady married Susan (Sue) Greider on December 27, 1969 at Wesley Methodist Church in La Crosse, WI. They had the chance to celebrate their 51 years together last December.
Grady and Sue had a daughter Carrie in 1975 while living and working in Brooksville, Florida. Carrie was the grateful recipient of athletic training, board game competitions, jokes, loving advice, and her father’s protective heart. The family left Florida and returned to Wisconsin for ten years, then to Georgia, where they stayed for over 30 years.
Grady graduated from Monroe High School, Monroe, WI, then received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI. Grady was a recognized athlete, playing as a quarterback in high school and college. He set pole vault records at Wisconsin State High School and La Crosse State University. He was inducted into the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Wall of Fame, receiving the Athlete’s Award: 1963-1967, in October 1992.
Grady entered the United States Army on December 10, 1968. During his military service, he performed 1,283 freefall parachutes and set a world record in parachuting accuracy, scoring 7 out of 10 dead spots in as a member of the US Army parachute team, The Golden Knights. In addition, he was the first person to compete in the US Parachuting Association (USPA) National Parachuting and Skydiving Championships with an experimental Ram-air parachute. He was a member of the American Legion Post 29, Marietta, GA.
A dedicated professional, Grady had a diverse professional background as a marriage and family counselor, psychotherapist, training and development consultant, and assistant varsity coach in golf, track and field and cross-country. He embraced the qualities of good humor, which developed long-term friendships that still last today. It was not uncommon for him to dress in his Elvis or Indiana Jones outfit and entertain his family and friends.
While Grady’s parents are deceased, he is survived by his wife Sue and daughter Carrie, in addition to sisters Gayleen Lenatsch and her husband, Pete of Ruidoso, New Mexico and Rogene Powers and her husband Gary Kalian of Scottsdale, AZ, sister-in-law Patti Greider of St. Louis Park, MN, and her brother-in-law Jerry Greider of La Crosse, WI, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins and their families.
Memorial gifts in Grady’s honor can be made to a charity of your choice or to the family by mail at:
Woodstock Funeral Home – Attn: Family of Graydon Steensrud, 8855 Main Street, Woodstock, GA, 30188