Lowell Grimm - March 04, 2010
Lowell Albert Grimm was born in Wauneta, Neb., to Louis and Laura Mae (Gaines) Grimm on Jan. 21, 1925. He died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at Heritage of Wauneta.
Lowell was educated in Wauneta and graduated from high school in 1942. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska where he attended classes for one semester before being drafted. He joined the Army at the age of 19 and was sent overseas to fight during World War II. He was wounded on Nov. 28, 1944, and was sent to Fort Carson, Colo., to recuperate. On June 6, 1945, Lowell was awarded the Purple Heart.
Lowell returned to Wauneta and worked in the family business, Grimm’s Hardware Store. He worked in the family business for 46 years, retiring in 1991. He was a community leader serving on the Board of Trustees from May, 1957 to May, 1961; May, 1963 to May, 1967 and again from July, 1970 to June, 1974. He served as Chairman of the Board from May, 1958 to May, 1959 and May, 1966 to May, 1967. He was an active member of the American Legion for over 60 years, was a member of the Jaycees and Elks Club and also a member of the Methodist Church of Wauneta for 76 years.
Lowell met the love of his life, Myra Krausnick, at a church function in Grant, Neb. They dated in high school from the 10th grade on and became engaged in the summer of 1944. They were married on Aug. 18, 1946, and were married for 63 years. He and Myra had two children: Carroll, born in October of 1949 and Jackie, born in July of 1952.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Jean (Grimm) Maxfield of Wauneta and a son-in-law, Bruce Medcalf of Lincoln, Neb.
He is survived by his wife, Myra; his son, Carroll and daughter-in-law Susie of Greeley, Colo.; his daughter, Jackie, of Lincoln, Neb.; one grandchild, Chad of Denver, Colo., three step grandchildren: Andrew Gavaldon of Greeley, Colo., Alissa Morris of Las Vegas, Nev., and Gari Jo Gavaldon of Greeley and his sister, Miriam (Grimm) Allen of Des Moines, Iowa. He is also survived by seven step great grandchildren, one step great, great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Lowell were held on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta with Pastor Judy Dye officiating.
Organist was Mrs. Diana Ham and soloist was Mr. Matt Smith.
Casketbearers were Page Johnston, John Maddux, Kip Engell, Kenny Ham, Jeff Maris and Rex Walgren.
Honorary casketbearers were Jack Maddux, Bob Kitt, Bob Walgren, Harold Maris and Dwight Egle.
Military rites were conducted by American Legion Post #304 and VFW Post #7996, Wauneta.
Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, with Liewer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.