Bingeman, Grant-obit

Grant William Bingeman

December 11, 1949 - February 29, 2016

Grant William Bingeman, 66 of Plano, Texas passed away at home, February 29, 2016 surrounded by his wife and children. He was born on December 11, 1949 to Jonas Byron and Agnes Kathleen (MacDonald) Bingeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Growing up his family moved around spending time in Long Beach, California, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Richmond, Virginia.  Grant met his future bride, Ruthann Logan, on a blind date.  Ruthann and Grant were married on January 29, 1972 in Middletown, New Jersey.  During their first years of marriage, Grant attended the University of Virginia where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering.

A Professional Engineer and ham radio operator by trade, he was considered an expert in network design, antenna couplers and phasing systems for AM radio, as well as computer control and programming.  Not the stereotypical engineer, Grant was known by all as an eclectic talent and a free-spirited modern day MacGyver.  Never one to sit still or stay quiet for long, he made friends everywhere.  He was a passionate guitar player, a master boat builder, a published author, a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a palm reader. He lived every moment to the fullest, spoke his mind, and loved his family with unrivaled devotion. Music was his heart and soul.  He loved singing, dancing and listening to music so loudly it could be enjoyed by all of the neighbors.  He was an avid collector of all things random, from guitars to frog rings, and generously shared his collections with others. He was a kid at heart and truly enjoyed living life. Living through PSC and two liver transplants never dampened his contagiously uplifting spirit. 

Grant is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Ruthann Bingeman; sons, Jared Bingeman and his wife Amanda of Plano, Texas; Keith Bingeman of Plano, Texas; and daughter Jeanette Ellefson and husband Eddie of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Joseph, Declan, Finn, Kadence, Isabel, Eddie, Logan and Mikey; parents, Jonas Byron and Agnes Kathleen Bingeman of Princeton, New Jersey; brother, John Bingeman; sisters, Claire Hatten and husband Jimmy, and Leslie Sillinger and husband Glenn.  Also celebrating the life of Grant are his many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and all of his loving family members and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 2700 W. Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, Texas 75023.  Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Thursday evening, March 3, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with Rosary to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel in Allen, Texas.

Grant and his family would like to express their immense gratitude for the devotion, kindness and skill of the Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas’ liver transplant team including doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers and staff, as well as Dr. Kent Hamilton, Dr. Mark Casanova and all of the additional teams that so faithfully cared for Grant.  Memorial Donations may be made to the Baylor Health Care Foundation benefiting the Liver Transplant Program in memory of Grant Bingeman.  Gifts can be mailed to the Baylor Health Care Foundation, 3600 Gaston Avenue, Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75246. 

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I only found out recently of the passing of someone I truly admired, someone I considered not just a colleague but a good friend. Many years have passed since I spent time with Grant and his wonderful wife, RuthAnn, but all my memories are fond ones. Grant and I were born about the same time and shared a passion for radio. While I'm sorry to hear of his passing on, I'm confident we'll see each other again.
Steve Keating, April 17, 2016 Rest well Grant and all our best to Ruth Ann and your family. Toni and I hold dear to our hearts the fond memories of the years which passed like the wind. God Bless.
John & Toni Abdnour, March 7, 2016 My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sadness. I worked with Grant at Continental Electronics and know he is soaring with the angels and free of the health problems he endured for many years. May God wrap His arms around you and bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Judy Davis, March 4, 2016 I was saddened this morning to hear of Grant's passing. He was one of my best friends in high school, and one of the most memorable because of his wild zest for life and intense interest in EVERYTHING. My sincere condolences to his whole family.
Byron Callas, March 3, 2016 Grant and I worked together at Harris Broadcast when we all lived in Quincy,IL. We were also ham radio buddies and I still use some of his software.
Grant was an extremely talented RF engineer and software programmer. He made major technical contributions to the radio broadcast industry and the ham radio domain. He left behind a legacy of computer software and educational technical papers which continue live on.
Grant also had a great sense of humor which leaves me with fond memories of him.
My wife and I offer our sincere sympathy to Ruth and the family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Grant and Ruth. Geoffrey N Mendenhall, March 3, 2016 I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet Grant and to know him if only for a short period of time. My thoughts and prayers to Ruth and all the family. Patsy Donovan, March 2, 2016 Thinking of each of you at this most difficult of times. I am so sorry for your loss. Tisha Lee Gribble, March 2, 2016 Grant will be sorely missed. I have been his neighbor about 20 years, and he's always been great to me and my family. I'll never forget his influence on bringing our neighborhood together by creating music parties. Grant, rest in peace, my friend Andy Kercher, March 2, 2016 I am so saddened to learn of Grant's passing. He was the nicest, smartest person I have ever known. Dennis joins me in sending our heartfelt sympathy, love, and prayers to Ruthann and family. Kathy Davis, March 2, 2016 Grant and I go back to the late 70's and always had great conversations. I shall miss his wit and wisdom.
Harold Stanton Harold A. Stanton, March 1, 2016 He will be missed. His wit and humor always made out get togethers fun. Our prayers for Ruth and family Pam & Clarke Easter, March 1, 2016 Grant was one of the kindest people I knew, always soft spoken and polite. He was a pleasure to work with during my past years at CEC. Sue Coker, March 1, 2016 My heartfelt condolences to the Bingeman family. Grant is one of my first memories at Continental, he always had a kind word and smiling. I'm sure he will be missed by all. Denise O'Kane, March 1, 2016