Evelyn E. Grimes, 88, of 106 W. Spring St., New Knoxville, died at 12:42 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at the St. Marys Living Center, following a sudden illness.
She was born on Nov. 3, 1923, in New Knoxville, the daughter of William and Meta Rose (Hartung) Harmeyer, and they preceded her in death.
On Nov. 2, 1941, she married Dales Grimes Sr., and he survives in New Knoxville.
She is also survived by her five children, Dale (Patricia) Grimes of Vandalia, Robert Grimes of St. Marys, Linda Everest of Grand Blanc, Mich., Dean (Mona) Grimes of Clarksville, Tenn., Pamela (Gerald) Ausland of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Harmeyer; two daughters-in-law, Dorothy Grimes and Judy Grimes; a son-in-law, Richard Everest.
Evelyn was a 1941 graduate of New Knoxville High School. She had worked at the former IGA Grocery in New Knoxville. She and her husband also were the owners of the Dari Bar and G & H Ceramics and Aquariums.
Evelyn was a very active member of the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville, where she had served on the funeral luncheon committee and as a member of the Busy Needles Group. She had been a Red Cross volunteer, a member of the Auglaize County Senior Citizens, New Knoxville Historical Society and the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Guild.
Funeral rites will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville, with the Rev. Chuck Moeller officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Ministry Center of the First United Church of Christ, where memorial donations may be directed to the Ministry Center Building Fund or to the Radio Broadcast Fund of the church. Condolences may be sent to the family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, 200 W. Spring St., New Knoxville.