James W. (Jim) Grimm of Elmwood, IL, passed away peacefully at home on July 13, 2021, after a hard and bravely fought battle with cancer. Jim was born on February 26, 1949, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, the son of Joseph and Margaret Joan Grimm of Mineral Point, Wisconsin.
Jim married Joyce (Moody) Grimm on May 25, 1974, in Elmwood, IL.
Jim is survived by Joyce and their 3 sons: Joseph Grimm of Champaign IL, Justin (Heather) Grimm of Urbana, IL, and Jarrod (Jordan) Grimm of Dunlap, IL; grandchildren, Quinn Penelope and Wilson James; his mother, Margaret Joan Grimm of Mineral Point, WI; siblings, Ann (Tim) Terrill of Mineral Point, WI, Sue Howdle of Mineral Point, WI, Mary Jo (James "Buck") Rolli of Mineral Point, WI, Larry (Tiwani) Grimm of Middlesboro, KY, Marcia (Kent) Roberts of Mineral Point, WI, and Gerry (Paige) Grimm of Mineral Point, WI; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his father, baby brother, and brother-in-law.
Jim graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in mining engineering. After graduating, Jim started work at ASARCO (Midland Coal Company) where he met his wife, Joyce. Jim and 3 partners acquired the land and equipment from ASARCO to establish their own company Midstate Coal Company. He later worked at McBride & Shoff until retirement.
Jim enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and abroad with his wife, Joyce. Jim also enjoyed the outdoors and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Over a three-year period, he dedicated one week a year towards hiking a portion of the trail; this was a great accomplishment for Jim. He also loved ice fishing, entertaining, and spending time with his family and friends. Jim immensely treasured time with his grandchildren, Quinnie and Wilson.
For Jim, caring and loving his family, being a loyal friend, having integrity, and having a strong work ethic inspired him throughout his life.
Jim will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be Friday, July 23, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood, IL. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at St. Patrick's Church in Elmwood, IL, followed by a private family burial of ashes at Elmwood Township Cemetery. A funeral dinner will be held immediately after the burial of ashes at St. Patrick's Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois CancerCare and St. Patrick's Church. To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.
"Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. A great guy to work with during his mining days. I would go there and do my work and sometimes would bring my son. He would show drive him around with a guided tour. Don't know who had more fun Jim or my son.
"So sorry to hear the passing of Jim. He was one of the GREATEST. Always smiling and always positive. He will be missed by all. Deepest sympathy for his wife and family. "
"Very saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He was a true gentleman. I enjoyed the many conversations we had while working at Metamora Industries and phone conversations since our retirements. I will truly miss the times we had together. Roger Stranz "
"I was filled with great sadness when coach Bauman called me with news of Jim's passing. Jim was one of those really exceptional people -- a great athlete, a scholar and a true gentleman. My condolences to the Grimm family and the Mineral Point wrestling community -- Mike Medchill"
"To the Grimm family. He is respected and inspired so many to perform above their abilities. So many young athletes and people heard the Bauman/Bingham speeches of him. The room would grow quiet and and a strength pervaded the wrestling stage at MPHS. "
"Sorry for your loss. Jim was an extremely nice man. Always enjoyed seeing him and sending him pictures of the turkey on the property. So glad he got to hunt one last year with you Joe. May he Rest In Peace. "
"He will be missed by all of us- his classmates. You will be in my prayers
Kathy Harker Schoester and Gary "
"Our hearts are aching for you and your family! We will miss him and the light of his smile so much! We have so many wonderful memories of Jim and hope that your memories can help you as you work through the journey that is grief. All our love, Bob and Linda Eckels"
"So sorry for your loss. The Mineral Point Class of 67 is mourning the loss of a great guy. "