Tom Grimes Obituary

Tom L. Grimes
Tom L. Grimes

October 5, 1939 - April 16, 2017
Born in Granite City, IL
Resided in Granite City, IL
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Tom L. Grimes, age 77, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Tom was born on October 5, 1939 in Granite City, IL, a son of the late Lester and Lorraine (Ashby) Grimes.

Tom had graduated from Madison, IL high school in 1957. Tom was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. He had worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation as an engineering technician, retiring after thirty-five years of dedicated service in 1992. Following his retirement from I.D.O.T., Tom was employed by the cities of Granite City, IL, Maryville, IL, Venice, IL and Juneau Associates as a resident engineer on numerous street improvement contracts. He was also employed as a project engineer on parts of the Metrolink construction in St. Clair County. Tom ended his working career in 2006. He was a 4th Degree member of Knights of Columbus #1098 in Granite City, IL, Illinois Association of Professional Engineers and the Retired State Employees Association. Tom was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan, St. Louis Blues hockey fan and he loved playing golf and bowling. In his younger years he coached little league baseball teams. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Tom loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie nee, Milan, Grimes and a brother, Michael Grimes.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Vivian nee, Dixon, Callender, Grimes of Granite City, IL; loving sons, John (Lisa) Grimes of Pearland, TX and Brian Grimes of Granite City, IL; loving step-daughter, Dana (Gary) Allen of Granite City, IL; loving step-sons, George (Cherri) Callender and Tim Callender; dear siblings, Bob (Rita) Grimes of Ft. Mahabe, AZ, Jim Grimes of New Orleans, LA, Phillip (Sandy) Grimes of Las Vegas, NV, Peggy (Willy) Stover of Wentzville, MO, Alice (Harold) Langston of Fallon, NV, Susan (Rick) Archibald of St. Peters, MO, Sally (Eldon) Frisse of Granite City, IL, Jeanene (Rick) Truelove of Kansas City, MO and Becky Allen of St. Charles, MO; proud grandfather to Marissa Grimes of Pearland, TX, Justin (Lindsey) Allen, Garrett (Megan) Allen and Kelsey (Andy) Allen Hubbard; proud great-grandfather to Addilynn Allen; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL, with Father Jeff Holtman officiating.

Interment will be in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church and donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

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Irwin Chapel
3960 Maryville Road
Granite City, IL US 62040
Thursday, April 20, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Funeral Mass
Holy Family Catholic Church
2606 Washington Avenue
Granite City, IL US 62040
Friday, April 21, 2017
10:00 AM
Sunset Hill Memorial Estates
50 Fountain Drive
Glen Carbon, IL US 62034
Friday, April 21, 2017


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591 Glen Crossing Road | Glen Carbon, IL 62034 | Phone: 618-288-9500
3960 Maryville Road | Granite City, IL 62040 | Phone: 618-931-8000
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