May 11, 1912 Scotland Bon Homme County South Dakota, USA
Jun. 28, 1980 Loveland Larimer County Colorado, USA
Meredith "Swede" Gran had the good fortune to marry Gladys Irene Parker of Yankton, SD on November 17, 1940. "Swede" worked as a railway mail clerk mostly on rail runs between Aberdeen, South Dakota and Miles City, Montana. Between runs, "Swede" was able to spend time with his cousin Edward and wife Gladys (Peterson) Gran of Miles City, MT. Their spouses, both named Gladys, became good friends.
As a staff sergeant in the Field Artillery, 344th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army, Swede was awarded the Bronze Star for "heroic achievement on 16 December, 1944 during World War II in the vicinity of Dillingen, Germany. During the bridgehand operation on the flooded Saar River, Staff Sergeant Gran, Field Wire Chief, crossed the raging stream in an assault boat with other members of the communication party and, despite intense enemy artillery fire, established urgently needed communication lines between the liaison officer and the battalion command post ... "
Swede and Gladys (Parker) Gran were neighbors and good friends of John and Isabel Falconer after they moved to Loveland, Colorado and continue to be neighbors at Loveland Burial Park.
Swede and Gladys (Parker) Gran did not have any children. Swede Gran died on June 28, 1980 followed by Gladys on Jul 03, 1988.