Philip Gransinger was a quiet, laid-back man who generally kept to himself, his siblings said.
“He took things as they came and let them roll off his back,” said his brother, Peter Gransinger. “He was a nice man. A typical small-town guy.”
Philip Gransinger, 69, of Kouts and formerly of Gary, died May 12. He retired from U.S. Steel, Sheet and Tin Mill Division. He was a 1961 graduate of Merrillville High School and served in the Air Force from 1961 to 1965.
Gransinger was stationed in Alaska during his Air Force days, and the jobs he performed there inspired a love of electronics. He was primarily self-taught, and enjoyed everything from short-wave radio to Apple products.
“He was a hands-on guy who figured things out for himself,” said his sister, Marlene Gransinger.
Peter Gransinger said his brother enjoyed following Indy and NASCAR racing, and loved to tinker with his own cars.
“He knew pretty much everything about automobiles,” he said.
Although he never had children of his own, he loved kids, especially his nieces and nephews.
“He always had a good time with them,” he said.
He loved to read, primarily nonfiction. He enjoyed astronomy and followed the space program. He went to Florida to watch the last space shuttle launch, she said.
“He loved to take road trips and make adventures as he went,” Marlene Gransinger said.