Grady C. Usrey, 67, of Cambridge, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home. A funeral service celebrating his life was held Thursday, April 10 at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo. The Rev. Mark Graham officiated. As per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will be at a later date at Rock Island National Cemetery. A visitation was held prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grady Usrey Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several local charities.

Grady C. Usrey, 67, of Cambridge, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home. A funeral service celebrating his life was held Thursday, April 10 at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo. The Rev. Mark Graham officiated. As per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will be at a later date at Rock Island National Cemetery. A visitation was held prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grady Usrey Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several local charities.

He was born on April 7, 1947, in Gadsden, Ala., the son of Cecil and Mildred (Rakestraw) Usrey. He attended school in Bushnell Prairie City. He married Beverly Barker on July 3, 1974, in Bushnell. Grady enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1965 and served 20 months in Vietnam before his honorable discharge in 1975. He worked for the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring in 1999.

Grady served on the Cambridge Village Board for more than 14 years. He also served as a Cambridge Fire Department radio operator for 20 years and kept watch at the Cambridge Car Corner for several years. Grady was instrumental in starting the Veteran’s Park. He was a longtime member of Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Arthritis Foundation, and VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; daughter, Sara (Curt) Dykstra of Geneseo; son, Neil (Kristin) Jordan of Bloomington; grandchildren, Lexi Jordan, Austin Jordan, Addison Dykstra and Brenna Dykstra; brother, John (Colleen) Usrey; and his faithful dog, Trooper. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.