John E. Grimm
- September 30, 2022
John E. Grimm, 77, of Chatham, IL was called to Heaven on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at Springfield Memorial Hospital, to serve his time to guard the gates of Heaven in accordance with the Marine Corps Hymn. John was born on July 10, 1945 in Decatur, IL the son of Walter W. Grimm and Verna M. (Dorrian) Grimm.
John graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1963. He joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17 years old and served 4 years active duty and 3 years in the Marine Corps Reserves. He served in Spain, Okinawa and Vietnam and attained the rank of Sergeant E-5. While in the Marine Corps Reserve, John served as Platoon Guide with Golf Company, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment.
After serving in the Marine Corps, John obtained a B.S. in Political Science from California State University at Long Beach, CA. He worked in the insurance business and retired from Standard Mutual Insurance Co. in Springfield, IL in 2013 after 28 years
John married Chrisoula Karras of Decatur, IL on August 16, 1975 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Decatur, IL. She preceded him in death on September 5, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his brother, Steve M. Grimm, along with several nieces and nephews.
John was a member of the Marine Corps Assoc., NRA, and the Abe Lincoln Gun Club. He was also an avid Cardinals Baseball fan.
John was a member of St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield, IL.
John was a history buff, specifically the American Revolution. He enjoyed target shooting and was proud to be awarded “Expert Rifleman” in the Marine Corps.
Visitation: 9:30 – 10:30 am Thursday, October 6, 2022, at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church.
Funeral Service: 10:30 am, Thursday, October 6, 2022, at St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church with Rev. Fr. George Pyle officiating.
Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the United States Marines.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield, IL.
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