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Grant Spencer Staley

Birth Date: February 11, 1969
Death Date: June 19, 2017

Decatur-Grant Spencer Staley, 48, of Decatur, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 in his home.

Grant was born February 11, 1969 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Henry Mueller and Violet L. Staley. He graduated from Ball State University and was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. Grant served as Vice President of the Staley Museum and was a film producer. He worked for Dick Clark Productions and Disney in Los Angeles, California. He was most proud of producing An American Vampire Story, the 1997 film starring Adam West and Carmen Electra. In addition to movies, films, and the visual arts, Grant loved animals. He was also, very philanthropic supporting several animal shelters, organizations, and charities.

Grant leaves behind his mother Violet of Decatur, brother Mark Staley and wife Julie of Springfield, beloved nephews Alex and Luke Staley of Springfield, fiancé Amy Horrell of Peoria, and several loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Grant was preceded in death by his father Henry and an infant sister.

Services to celebrate Grant’s life will be 11:00 AM Friday, June 23, 2017 in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Thursday, June 22, 2017 and for one hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in the Star of Hope Mausoleum at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Decatur Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation or the Staley Museum.

The family of Grant Spencer Staley is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Video Tribute for Grant Spencer Staley:

June 22, 2017
5:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Celebration of Life
June 23, 2017
11:00 am
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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June 23, 2017
Star of Hope Mausoleum / Graceland Cemetery
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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Visitation prior to ceremony
June 23, 2017
10:00 am
- 11:00 am
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Dear, dear, dear Grant. You were ever so kind and made me laugh in the midst of the Lucas family craziness. I am just learning of your death here in Amsterdam. You passed on my last birthday. This year I will celebrate your life and happy to always share my birthdays with you. Much love, Lisa Zarrow

  2. Losing Grant was like loosing part of myself. I never had a friend that reminded me that life was a journey not a conquest. He's intelligence and humor will never be matched. What inspired me most about Grant was that he understand the pain that comes with love and was never ashamed to show feelings. Men today are not like, and will never be like Grant. He also taught Me too recognize my own talents and love who I am. Not live with false pride and fantasize about who you want too be. Grant, I will miss us watching Bear games together over the phone. 4-5 hour conversations lol!!

    I will miss the laughter, the pains, the triumphs and even the failures. Most of all I will miss you everyday.

    Until we meeting that big screen in the sky.

    I love and miss you.

    Your friend Michael Eicherly

  3. He was such a nice person very happy and upbeat he will be missed prayers to his family and friends. God bless you Grant may you rest in peace.

  4. Grant is such a special soul. The time I spent with Grant will always be great memories that I will always cherish. He was so kind and caring and genuine and real-and hilarious! Rest in Heaven my friend and cuddle with Skecher Kitty – don't forget his brushie!!

  5. Very sorry, he was a great one of a kind character and old friend. With a heart of gold. Thoughts and Prayers.

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