Grund said he admired his father for several things, including his intelligence, the ability to communicate, and his skill to manage or handle any crisis that might present itself. “He was very calm and capable under pressure,” David added.
The biggest lessons he learned from his father, he said, were “to give everything you have in whatever you do. To treat everyone with respect regardless of the specific situation you may be in.”
I did not know James H. Grund. But based on David’s brief description, I can see some of him in David, who has impressed me as someone who diligently goes about his business, quietly serving Miami County with duty, dedication and decency.
Like his father, David’s mother, Jane, has played a vital role in his life.
“[She] provided a great deal of stability, guidance and advice,” he said when asked about her. “This again increased after my father’s passing. I had just turned 22 years old, had recently graduated from college, and had not started law school.”
His mother, a retired marketing professional, now lives in Culver.
Grund has an older sister, Jama, who studied computer programming at the University of North Carolina. She is married, has three children and lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Grund said his grandfather, James A., who died Oct. 26, 2012, provided strong reinforcement after his father’s death.
“He kept me on course and assisted me in pursuing my legal career,” Grund said. “As one might imagine, it would have been easy to stray off course, but my mother and grandparents made sure that did not happen with their support.”
Grund was born in Bloomington during the time his father was in law school. The family moved back to Peru when he was a year old.
His path toward a legal career started at Peru High School, from which he was graduated in 1988.