Several attend funeral for seven-year-old who died of leukemia

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WEST FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Several mourners gathered to attend a funeral service today for Grantley Johnson. He's the seven-year-old who passed away last week from leukemia.

"It's just good to know that he's not suffering anymore, but it's hard," said family friend Ursula Heyen.

Prairie Heights Community Church was packed Tuesday.

"They're all wonderful people," said Heyen. "Very misfortunate thing."

Close family friends remembered the smiles Grantley put on everyone's face.

"Oh, he was a little spitfire," said Heyen. "Very much his aunt's nephew, so he was a little bit of a sass, but he was an awesome kid. Always optimistic and happy-go-lucky."

His daycare teacher McKenzie Lehmann said she's never met a kid like him.

"He always was worried about everybody else," said Lehmann. "He always cracked the good jokes, and he was just always the one who was so caring to everybody."

Many tried to remember the happier days like when he got to go to Universal Studios.

"He had a blast," said Heyen. "It was really a wonderful opportunity for him that he was able to go."

People all over said they're going to continue wearing their Grantley superhero shirts with pride.

"He kind of inspired all of us, just you know how lucky we are and how much he loved all the sports you know just kind of not to take it for granted," said Joely Goodiron, a Sheyenne High School Basketball Player.

Grantley is one of three West Fargo boys that have passed away in the last six months.