December 31, 1919 - January 6, 2013
Jack Grimm, 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6 at Partners in Care Hospice House. He was born December 31, 1919, in Sacramento, Calif. to Homer and Anna Grimm. He graduated from Sacramento Junior College, where he played baseball. In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and trained in a P-40 fighter plane. He was sent to Hawaii several weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Grimm married Irene Ryan on July 23, 1944. He made a career of the Air Force, serving in Germany, Philippine Islands, Massachusetts, and Japan. During this time he flew many aircraft including his favorite, the F104. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and other flying awards. He retired in 1961 as a Lt. Colonel. The family then moved to Bend. He had trained pilots at Redmond Air Field and had enjoyed the recreational opportunities of Central Oregon. Grimm was an avid hunter, fisherman, and mushroom hunter. He was a member of the Bend Elks Lodge. After the death of his wife, in 1992, he moved to Gearhart where he enjoyed deep sea fishing and clamming. He was very proud to be a member of the War Birds, a retired World War II Veterans organization. He met Barbara Wilson, a longtime partner. She preceded him in death. He returned to Bend in 2011.
Grimm leaves a daughter, Patricia, of Bend, two grandsons, Charlie of Port Hueneme, Ca., Chris (Lindsay) of Bend, and 5 grandchildren, Olivia, Madison, Natalie, Austin, and Charley. A private family memorial is planned. The family wishes to thank Dr. Mary Manfredi, St. Charles Medical Center, and Partners in Care Hospice for Jack's loving care and comfort during his final illness.