GRIMMOND, John Joseph Mar 31, 1934 – Jun 29, 2013 John passed away on June 29, 2013 at the Sioux Falls VA Hospice Unit. He was able to spend his last days surrounded by family. John was born on March 31, 1934 to Paul and Alice Grimmond in Omaha, NE. At the age of 17 he joined the Navy with friends from work. He served from 1951 until 1955 during the Korean War. He was a boiler mechanic on a “Tin Can” otherwise known as a Destroyer and was stationed in Japan. After the Navy John came home to Omaha and met the love of his life at a dance. He married Phyllis Jean (Gates) on November 9, 1957. During their early years of marriage, they had 3 boys and moved to the house they lived in together for 50 years. John spent most of his working years at Toledo Scale as a scale technician. During that time he was able to travel the state of Nebraska for work and often to Toledo, OH for training. In his later years, he worked as a bus driver for Omaha Public Schools, transporting Special Education students. He enjoyed playing dominos and cards with his co-workers at the bus barn. John loved people and especially his grandchildren. John was outgoing and easily made friends anywhere he went. When he was hospitalized at the VA, he was one of those patients that all of the nurses remembered and liked. It was enjoyable to hear how kindly the nurses and staff talked about John and enjoyed his sense of humor. John also loved animals–having a dog or cat by his side made him the happiest. He talked about his childhood dog “Pal” and all the many pets since, right up to the very end. Grateful for sharing his life are his sons, Christopher (Bev Schumacher) of Lawrence, KS, Thomas (Shannon) of Sioux Falls, SD, and Paul (Beth) of Omaha, NE. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Krisha, Joey and Mikey of Sioux Falls; Jessica, Jack, Sarah and Sophia of Omaha; Rachelle (Eric) of Irvine, CA and Mason of Lincoln, NE. Also grateful for sharing his life are his sister, Kathleen Krejci of Omaha; sister-in-law, Helene Grgurich of Hawaii; many nieces, nephews and cousins. His dear wife, Phyllis, preceded John in death in February 2013. Both of his parents, Paul and Alice, and his brother, Gary, passed before him. The family will receive friends Friday, July 5th from 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES Saturday, July 6th at 10am, West Center Chapel to St. Thomas More Catholic Church for MASS at 10:30am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #1.
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