Mr. Oliver David “Dave” “Tony” Gridley, age 90, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on December 10, 1928, in Patriot, Indiana. He was the second oldest of five sons of, Abijah North and Mary Elizabeth (Kinnett) Gridley. He was raised in Patriot, Indiana where he attended school. Dave was united in marriage on March 24, 1951, to Wilma Maxine “Mickey” Covington. This happy union was blessed with three daughters, Diane, Cathy and Toni. Dave and Mickey shared nearly 20 years of marriage together until she passed away on February 2, 1971. After the death of Mickey, Dave was united in marriage to Nancy Jean Jackson in July 1972. This happy union was blessed with three children, Bridget, April and David. Dave had a strong work ethic which carried forward to his children. As a young man, Dave worked for Bruce Hutchinson Farms and Bliss Hauling. He then worked for many years for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana and Swiss Caps in Patriot, Indiana. David decided to branch out on his own and started his own contracting business and over many years built a successful business and many beautiful homes in the area. After retirement, he was employed part time for Belterra Casino Golf Course in Florence, Indiana. David was passionate about his vegetable gardening. He loved tractor pulling and his John Deere tractors. He was an avid high school and college basketball fan following his grandchildren’s sports career for the Switzerland County High School Pacers and the New Albany Bulldogs coached by his grandson, BJ and at Colby College and at Indiana University. Wherever his grandchildren coached or played, he followed. He enjoyed watching Dan, Kodi and their children showing their cattle. Dave passed away with his loving family by his side at 2:40 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at the Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Dave will be deeply missed by his daughters, Diane Karagory and her husband, Randy of Freeport, ME, Cathy McAlister and her husband, Lynn of Patriot, IN, Toni Renee Young and her husband, Tim of Vevay, IN, Bridget Gridley of Vevay, IN and April Gridley of East Enterprise, IN; his son, David Gridley and his wife, Amanda of East Enterprise, IN; his grandchildren, Erin Knight Brochu and her husband, Matt of Portland, ME, BJ McAlister and his companion, Brandi of Jeffersonville, IN, Megan Ganguly and her husband, Sonny of Bethesda, MD, Dan McAlister and his wife, Kodi of Patriot, IN, Chelsea Kirkpatrick and her husband, Klint of Rising Sun, IN, Mattea “Tater” Edwards of East Enterprise, IN, Tristan Benham, Jullian Benham, Kearstan Gridley, Dreylan “Little Pedro” Gridley; his great-grandchildren, Lainie McAlister, Landen McAlister, Jackson Knight, Lynleigh “Little Blondie” McAlister, Eloise “Ella” Knight, Savana “Savi” Ganguly and Harison “Hari” Ganguly; his brother, William “Bill” Gridley of Rising Sun, IN and his several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Abijah North Gridley, died January 31, 1972 and Mary Elizabeth (Kinnett) Gridley, died July 8, 1981; his wife, Wilma Maxine “Mickey” (Covington) Gridley, died February 2, 1971; his brothers, James Abijah Gridley, died October 15, 1985, Robert Shaw Gridley, died March 6, 2007 and Gorden LeRoy Gridley, died January 3, 2006 and his grandson-in-law, John Knight, died July 25, 2015.
Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana
Memorial contributions may be made to the John Knight Curiosity Lab c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com