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Merle Grimm

Memorial services for Merle Joseph Grimm of Grass Valley will be conducted at a later date.

Mr. Grimm died Thursday, Nov. 14, in Grass Valley. He was 83.

He was born June 26, 1919, in Harrison, Neb., to Joseph Edgar and Oral Lucille (Barnes) Grimm. He served in the Fifth Air Force, 54th T.C. Wing Group, 376 T.C. Group, 57 T.C. Squadron and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He married Winifred Mae Hunt on Oct. 7, 1939.



He worked as a supervising special agent at the California Department of Employment for 28 years, retiring in 1977. He also worked for the Grass Valley Group in its security section. He was an avid fan of the sports activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Winifred Mae Grimm; daughter and son-in-law, Donna Colleen and Robert H. Butterfield; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Robert A. and Pattie Butterfield, and David J. and Rhonda Butterfield.; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Bonnie J. and Frank Shoemaker; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Dorothy Hall and DeLoris Baarsma.




Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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