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Melvin C. Grimes

Born: Thu., Jul. 31, 1930
Died: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Sep. 01, 2018
Location: Ashville

Funeral Service

8:00 PM Sat., Sep. 01, 2018
Location: Ashville

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Melvin Grimes, 88, Ashville, died August 30, 2018 at UPMC Altoona. Born July 31, 1930 in R.D. Ashville, son of the late Homer and Elva (Litzinger) Grimes. Preceded in death by son, Daryl, granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Grimes, brothers, Elliott and Haden, and sisters, Elaine Doughty and Joyce Hricko. Survived by wife, the former Betty Berkhimer, whom he married April 26, 1958 in Portage. Children: Galen (Tracy) of Altoona, Sandy (Jen) of Chesapeake City, MD, Lance (Rebeca) of Millville, NJ, and Vicky (Alan) Pettenati of DuBois, 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, brother, Jack (Betty) of Buffalo, NY, sister, Joan Kowalski of Gallitzin, sister in law, Theresa Grimes of R.D. Ashville and numerous nieces and nephews. Melvin was an Army Veteran of the Korean War, and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Korean Service Medal w/3 Bronze Stars. He worked at the Sam Rea Shops, Hollidaysburg for over 30 years and retired in 1995. Melvin enjoyed rabbit and deer hunting, coaching and playing baseball, he was a member of the Eldorado Altoona City League team that won numerous championships. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes, shooting pool at the Blair Senior Center, and was awarded over 150 medals from Senior Olympic Games. Friends will be received from 5:00 PM until time of funeral service at 8:00 PM Saturday at the Gibbons Funeral Home, 1688 Liberty St., Ashville, PA 16613. Military Rites are in charge of Local Military Organizations. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Blair Senior Services, Altoona, PA in Melvin’s memory. www.gibbonsfhashvillecoalport.com


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Monica Bernazzoli
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
Sending deepest sympathy and so very sorry for your heart breaking loss - no words are adequate to ease the heart ache but may some comfort and peace be found in all the thoughts and prayers being sent.

The Wertz Family
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
Dear Grimes Family,

We will be unable to come to the viewing and funeral Mass. Please know you are in our thoughts. I have part of a poem that helps me thru our loss back in 2012 of our dad.

...I have only slipped away into the next room, I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, we still are.
...I am but waiting for you somewhere very near, just around the corner.

Prayers and Blessings w/Love,
The Wertz Family
Michael and Pamela
Anthony and Jennifer and Family
Evan and Melissa and Family
Martha and Jennie

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