James O. Grimm (April 23, 1928 - May 25, 2024)

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James O. Grimm
  • April 23, 1928
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  • May 25, 2024

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James (Jim) O. Grimm, age 96, of 34236 Parkview Avenue, Eustis, FL 32736-7225, died May 25, 2024, a Memorial Weekend.

Mr. Grimm was bom in Bucyrus, Ohio to Orval C. Grimm and Laurena Riddle-Grimm, both deceased. He was married November 27, 1991 to Patricia C. Axon, who survives.  [Two previous marriages to Kimie Takano and Pia Thieme ended in divorce.]

Mr. Grimm is survived by one son, John O. Grimm, a spine surgeon (retired), and wife Patricia of Evansville, IN; and three daughters, Kathleen Roney, a culinary director, and husband Guy of Carlsbad, CA; Stefanie Hamilton, an attorney, and husband Mike of Lincoln, NE; and Barbara Barlow, a nurse practitioner, and husband Hugh of Harlingen, TX; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The following deceased siblings:  Joann Clutter, Mary Jane Hart, Chester Grimm, Robert Grimm, and Bonnie Grau.

Mr. Grimm was a 1946 graduate of Bucyrus, Ohio High School; held a B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and a Masters Degree in Management Science from Central Michigan University. Advanced Air Force Engineering and Photo Science education was derived through extensive studies with Rochester and Massachusetts Institutes of Technology. He was also a 1957 graduate of the Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.

Mr. Grimm was one of the last World War II draftees. He served in the Air Force from 1946 to 1972 and held Photo Systems engineering and management positions during the Korean, Vietnamese, and Cold Wars. Top secret intelligence collection and spy activities resulted in overseas assignments to Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippine Islands. After 26 years of military service, of which 19 years were dedicated to foreign service, Mr. Grimm retired in 1972 from the Air Force and joined the General Electric Co. (GE) Aerospace Division where he served 21 years in various government contract engineering and management positions involving the collection, processing, and dissemination of spy satellite imagery until retiring in 1993. His last government contract was with the Central Intelligence Agency for eight years, supporting various covert spy activities. He and wife Patricia moved to Florida in March 1994.

Mr. Grimm was a life member of the Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, American Legion, and Taiwan Veterans Badge of Honor Association.

Mr. Grimm published his autobiography, Fading Memories Spyworld 47 Years In A Cloud of Security in 2019.

At Mr. Grimm’s request, there will be no public ceremonies, memorials, or any type of funeral services for Mr. Grimm.

Interment arrangements in Florida Bushnell National Cemetery are by Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, Tavares, FL.

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  1. Dan Hart says:
    18 Jun 2024
    You will be missed Uncle Jim you were the wisest man i ever met You are home now

  2. Deb and Steve Van Pelt says:
    17 Jun 2024
    It was by chance that we met Jim as he walked our neighborhood (Park Place).. we walked together one day and amazingly found that he had been my dad's (LeRoy Coulter) supervisor while stationed in the Air Force at Chicopee Mass! We were fast friends and even when we moved to Clermont we would get together for a nice lunch. He'll be missed for his knowledge, energy, dedication and friendship. May he rest in peace. Love, Deb and Steve Van Pelt (USN/USCG)

  3. Clay and Pauline says:
    16 Jun 2024
    Jim Grimm was a great friend of ours, whom we met in 1989 while he worked with CIA. We met with Jim and Pat right after we moved to Pecan Plantation, TX in 2015, while they were en route to south Texas to see their daughter. His life was full and amazing. We will miss him very much and treasure his friendship always!

  4. William Ohlmeyer, LtCol, USAF RET says:
    09 Jun 2024
    I enjoyed communicating with Jim and my father, Col Harold Ohlmeyer, spoke fondly of him. Our sympathy to the family.

  5. Diane Shawcross says:
    31 May 2024
    It was an honor to have known you, Jim in the short time that we had. I will treasure always your stories, laughter & kindness especially your dedicated service to our country. Rest easy, Chief, as you fly over that wild, blue yonder! You will be missed.

  6. Dick Temple says:
    29 May 2024
    Hey Jim,
    Gini and I will miss your smiling face and all of the conversations we had about things that occurred during your illustrious Air Force career.
    Dick and Gini Temple

  7. Lloyd and Mary Spanberger says:
    29 May 2024
    We will miss you Jim. Thank you for your dedicated service and watching over our country for all these years. It’s been an honor being your friend. Rest in peace.
    Lloyd and Mary Spanberger

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    29 May 2024

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    29 May 2024
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  11. Bob says:
    29 May 2024
    Jim, we enjoyed having you as a neighbor and greatly appreciate all of your help in getting us set up in our home next door to you. We love and miss you. Thank you for your service

  12. Lloyd Spanberger says:
    29 May 2024
    We will miss you, Jim. You were one of this country’s best. Thank you so much for your dedicated service. It was an honor being one of your friends over the years. Rest in peace. You certainly earned it and deserve it.
    Lloyd and Mary Spanberger

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