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David Ronald Grimes

August 16, 1923 — June 4, 2021


David Ronald Grimes, age 97 of Greentown and formerly of Tangier, entered the kingdom of heaven on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Century Villa Healthcare in Greentown. He was born in Nevada, IA on August 16, 1923 to the late Grant & Elva (Ritter) Grimes of Tangier.

David graduated from Tangier High School in 1941 and proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He earned his undergraduate degree in Agricultural and a Master's degree in Education from Purdue University. On December 21, 1946, he married the love of his life, Wanda Lois Simmerman, who survives. David spent 33 years, as principal, teacher, and coach at Tangier, Cates, Ladoga, and Turkey Run Schools. He was also a county extension agent in Sullivan County from 1949-1951, a Board member of Parke County Incorporated, and an elder in the Mt. Hermon Bible Church since 1951. He enjoyed fishing, farming, and his family.

He is survived by his wife of 74 ½ years, Wanda; children, Ron (Marilyn) Grimes of White Lake, Michigan, Rhonda (John) Miller of Upland, IN, Rozy (Craig) Ketchem of Odon, IN, and Rory (Mary) Grimes of Sturtevant, WI; 8 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don, Dewey, and Keith (killed in Korean War); and a sister, Dorothy.

Visitation will be at Sanders Funeral Care, 203 S 1st St in Kingman on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 12:00pm till the time of the funeral service at 2:00pm with Pastor Jon McLain officiating. The service will be recorded and can be viewed on his obituary page at Burial will follow at Helts Prairie Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Century Fields in Greentown, IN and Community Howard Regional Health. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Mt Hermon Bible Church, c/o Sue Marshall, 12632 N Market St, Kingman, IN 47952. Share memories and condolences online at

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

12:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Sanders Funeral Care (Kingman)

203 South 1st Street, Kingman, IN 47952

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