Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


March 13, 2014

James Grimes

James Edward Grimes was born Dec. 16, 1918, in Monroe County, Iowa, the son of Harry and Mabel (Barnhill) Grimes.

He lived in Monroe County most of his early life and graduated from Albia High School. On Aug. 30, 1949, he was united in marriage to Helen Bambrook. To this union three sons were born: Larry, William and James, Jr. James farmed and worked at Morrell until taking a job with Gambles in Albia. In 1964 he transferred to Knoxville and became the manager of the Gambles Store until his retirement.

James passed away on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the Knoxville Hospital at the age of 95 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; son, James, Jr. and his brothers: John, Paul and Emmett.

He is survived by his sons: Larry (Shirley) and Bill (Peggy); grandchildren: Chad (Rhonda) Grimes of Knoxville, Tracy (Steve) Curren of Ankeny and Mike (Michelle) Flowers of Indianola; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, David (Gladys) Grimes of Albia; dear friends, Sam and Cora Rathmel and many nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.

A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church in Knoxville, on

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, with Rev. Lane Riggle and Richard Grimes officiating.

The musical selections were “How Great Thou Art”, “On the Wings of a Snow White Dove”, and “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow,” provided by Geoff Shultz, pianist, and Katie Davis, vocalist.

Interment was at Graceland Cemetery in Knoxville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to H.C.I. Care Services. Online condolences may be left at

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