July 4, 1931-
June 28, 2018
Kenneth Lee Grimm was born on the 4th of July, 1931 to Elmer and Esther Grimm in Gillette Wyoming and passed away peacefully at his home in Newcastle, Wyoming on June 28, 2018.
Kenneth served his country honorably in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 because he loved his country and was a red, white and blue kind of man. He was as patriotic and independent as his 4th of July birthday. He did schooling in his younger years in Montana and earned a diploma in March of 1957 from Rocky Mountain Technical Institute.
He married Evelyn Brogdon on January 10, 1954 in Nashville, Georgia and had two children: Cindy (David) Hoffman of Gering, NE and Jeff (Gayle) Grimm of Alameda, CA. In his early married years Ken worked for Martin Marietta Corporation, Aerospace Division, Denver, CO. where he earned superior quality performance certificates and certificates of technical training. Ken was then offered a position at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Preferring to return to Wyoming he worked in the family business at Wyoming Automotive for 36 years during which time his wife Evelyn passed away.
Ken married Barb Eichinger on July 29, 1978 in Rapid City, SD and was also blessed with three step children: Brenda (Don) Wood of Manderson, WY, Dan (Susan) Eichinger of Black Hawk, SD, and Curt (Phoebe) Eichinger of Peyton, CO.
Other survivors include twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren, a beloved nephew Kenny Ray (Becky) Ator of Newcastle, and neice Kay Ator of Minneapolis, MN.
Ken’s wife Evelyn, his parents and sister all preceded him in death.
Kenny was multi-talented and unique and he pursued the things he enjoyed. He spent time every day reading his bible and praying to God, in whom he placed his trust. He loved God’s creation, in particular the birds, which he often would say “I talk to them and they talk back to me”. Ken was a good steward of all that God gave him, especially the land surrounding his home. He repaired anything that broke or needed maintenance. Ken had a unique sense of humor and was witty in his responses. Listening to and singing gospel music was something he enjoyed very much. He was a square dance teacher and caller. He enjoyed being a winter Texan for many years after retirement and while there he loved to work at the Mission on the Texas/Mexico border distributing food to the poor.
A memorial service will be held on Monday July 16 at Gateway Fellowship Church meeting at the Weston Co. Sr. Center at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be on Tuesday July 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery 20901 Pleasant Valley Drive, Sturgis, SD 57785 for anyone who may want to attend.
For memorial donations the family would be honored if you would make a donation in Kenny’s name to the charitable organization of your choosing.