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Walter L. Grimes 1923 - 2010

Walter L. Grimes

Walter L. Grimes

Walter L. Grimes, 86, passed away on January 28, 2010 in Payson, Arizona. He was born June 17, 1923 in Fresno, California to William O. and Annie (Jordan) Grimes. He graduated from Camp Verde High School in 1941.

He served in the US Navy during WWII and was stationed most of his military career in Hawaii.

After the war he purchased a T-6 training plane that he flew for many years. He and his wife of 64 years, Susan, lived in Payson, moving there in 1980 from Washington. In Washington, he worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Management from 1947-1977 and then worked for two Native American tribal hatcheries from 1984-1987 and again in 1990-1993.

He belonged to the NRA and Kiwanis. He also was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Flying truly was his passion.

He is survived by his wife, Susan G. Grimes, Payson; a son, Alan Jordan Grimes, Lake Montezuma, Arizona; three daughters, Annie Dedra Schaff, Port Townsend, Washington, Lorna Elaine Gum, Spokane, Washington, Meredith Lynn Mechling, Monroe, Washington; a brother, Robert Jordan Grimes, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

Graveside services with military honors will be 1:00 PM, Monday, February 1, 2010 at Middle Verde Cemetery, Camp Verde, Arizona with Mr. James Kilby, officiating. Please share your condolences at

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