MARQUETTE, Mich. - Grant William Henriksen, 15, of 117 Dandelion Lane, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012, surrounded by love, at home with his family.
Grant fought a tough battle against osteosarcoma bone cancer for more than two years, losing his left leg, enduring heart surgery, several lung surgeries and additional leg surgeries. During Grant's courageous fight, he remained a happy young man, never complaining and always putting others' needs and feelings above his own.
Before being diagnosed in May 2010, Grant was a competitive athlete playing Marquette Youth Football, Marquette Little League, where he was an All Star center fielder, travel basketball, where he was a point guard, and free style skiing, where he won several awards at Marquette Mountain. When not in organized sports, you could always find Grant playing street football, kick ball, Crush the Carrier or some other activity with all his buddies from "the Hood". Grant enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to camp, taking family rides and just hanging out with his family. He looked forward to the many adventures he and Aunt Pam would go on, making lifetime memories.
Grant always was available to help out with his brother's basketball and baseball teams whenever needed. Grant was instrumental in the process of getting a baseball team started at Marquette Senior High School, volunteering his time, passing out flyers, going to radio stations and raising money for the team.
Grant's soul was greeted by his paternal grandparents, William and Dorothy Henriksen; maternal step grandfather, Douglas Hammond; maternal great-grandparents, Charlie and Emma Kline; and special friend, Kim "Knucks" Knichols. He is survived in life by his parents, William and Tracy (Green); his younger brother, Blake; maternal grandmother, Enid Carol (Kline) Hammond (Richard Velky); maternal grandparents, Vergil and Geraldine Green; his aunts, Pam Henriksen and Wanda (Green) Sikina; uncles, Cliff Green and Tom Sikina; several cousins and great-aunts.
Grant's family will greet relatives and friends at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the church at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Steve Hulke officiating.
Honorary pall bearers are Frank Drozd, Justin Aboussleman, Brady Aboussleman, Mike Henricksen, Logan Zugger, Holden Shaneberger, Tom Beaudry, Ian Sikina, Peder Seglund, Tage Seglund, Gerrin Rudden and Blake Henriksen.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at www.canalefuneral.com.