Friends and loved ones marked the life of Topeka philanthropist Grant Cushinberry with what they called a "homegoing celebration". Though sharing memories included tears, laughter and applause filled Highland Park HIghschool's auditorium.
"I would be nothing without Grant Cushinberry," admits Gerald Graves. Graves says Cushinberry mentored him from childhood. "I haven't spent a day in jail, I have two degrees, and I've been around the world and I owe it all to Grant Cushinberry."
Born in Hoisington, KS, Cushinberry joined the Army during WWII. From there, he moved to Topeka and worked at the Winter Veteran Hospital, now "The Colmery-O'Neil V.A. Medical Center".
But in his own words, Grant cushinberry didn't want to be remembered for the awards he had won, the park named after him, or the mural painted of him-- but of the people he hoped to help. He proved his slogan "Feed the Needy, Not the Greedy" by opening "God's Little 1/2 Acre where he gave away free food and clothing. He also helped start the community Thanksgiving Dinner.
Grant Cushinberry died Tuesday, July 1st. He was 86 years old.