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William Louis Grimmer
(June 7, 1921 - April 17, 2013)

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William Louis Grimmer

U.S. Veteran

It is with sadness in our heart we mourn the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Our patriarch passed away peacefully in his sleep early Wednesday morning April 17 after a brief bout with heart failure. Bill was born in Hitchland,Texas because that was the closest hospital to where his parents Frank and Honorlue lived in Hardesty, Oklahoma. He was the first born of four children. He shared his father's middle name of Louis, as did countless first-born sons for generations of Grimmers. He precedes a brother Leland, a sister Fleta and a kid brother Aubrey. Bill grew up in the panhandle of Oklahoma the son of a farmer where he attended Hardesty Elementary and High School. He studied agriculture for two years at a local Aggie college before joining the Air Force at the onset of World War II. It was while stationed at Pocatello, Idaho Air Force Base that he first met Dorothy Lee Taysom. While oversees they corresponded and fell in love. Tail gunner Grimmer was shot down over his grandfather's ancestral home of Germany and spent 15 months in a POW camp until the end of the War. It was there he decided he was going to marry the young Miss Taysom. Upon returning he transferred to Utah State University in Logan, Utah to finish his studies and be close enough to hitch hike to Pocatello to court Dorothy Lee. Bill was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. He later married his sweetheart in the Idaho Falls Temple. They settled down in a small town called Aberdeen just outside of Pocatello, Idaho where he worked for the government teaching veterans agricultural skills. There they stayed 14 years raising four children. In the winter of 1960-61 he packed up the family drove over the then narrow and dangerous Donner Pass to sunny Northern California to work for the US Department of Agriculture's Farmers Home Administration. It is in California that his youngest son Lonny was born. Raising five children, worshipping his Faith and working in his garden were his main activities for the next 38 years. In retirement, Bill and Dorothy Lee moved to Riverton, Utah before the turn of the century to be near two of their daughters, work in the Jordan River temple and grow old peacefully. Billy (as his mom called him) has now been called home to her. We wish all his family and friends to honor him. The couple have five living children. Dr. Bryan Louis Grimmer of Sterling, Virginia, Karen Lee Williams of Salt Lake City, Beverly Ann Papa of Grass Valley, California, Connie Diane Crapo of Bluffdale,Utah and Dr. Lonny Dean Grimmer of Purcellville, Virgina. Billy as his mom would call him, is also survived by 34 grandchildren and 43 greatgrandchildren and still counting The visitation will be Sunday April 28 from 6-8pm at the Broomhead Funeral Home 12600 South 2200 West Riverton, Utah. The memorial service will be held Monday morning at 10 am at the LDS church at 12345 South 2700 West Riverton, Utah. Following the service we will retire William Louis Grimmer with a military salute at Camp William. Those wishing to send flowers may do so. Those wishing to make donations please do so to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and click on Donate. Thank you, The Grimmer family


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