Clarence E. Grimes, 97, a resident of Newport Long Term Care, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
He was born in Frugality, Pennsylvania on April 8, 1921 to Frank and Blanche (Rickard) Grimes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy on March 31, 2013; brothers Walter, infant Theodore and Cloyd; sisters Beatrice Dotts and Imogene Zupich.
Surviving brothers and sisters are Frank (Jeanie) of Fallentimber; Cleo Spear of Bangor, Maine; Mary Lou Nuti of Cleveland, Ohio; James (Fran) of Irvona, Pennsylvania; Helen (Bob) Hayman of Lehighton, Pennsylvania; Joyce Baker of Clearfield, Pennsylvania and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clarence graduated from B.C.I. High School in Coalport, PA as Valedictorian of his class. He worked in the coal mines for a short time with his father. He joined the C.C.C. and worked as the Company Clerk. He then went to Washington, D.C. and worked as a courier for the Army. After World War II broke out, he joined the Army Air Corps. He trained as a Navigator/Bombardier during the war and was stationed in Italy. He flew 50 missions in a B-24 bomber over targets in Europe. He crash landed twice suffering only minor wounds.
He and Peggy spent several years after the war in Occupied Japan. Later in his career, while stationed at Fairchild AFB, Spokane, WA, he crashed on takeoff in a B-36 ending up with a sprained ankle. During this time the Air Force sent him to Harvard University for a class in statistics.
In 1954 Clarence and Peggy purchased Marshall Lake Resort in Newport, WA. Clarence remained in the Air Force until 1963 where he retired as a Major. During this time Peggy and Clarence’s father, Frank, operated the campground.
After his retirement, Clarence & Peggy operated the resort with numerous nieces and nephews and friends helping out. Clarence obtained a lease from the State of Washington and developed North Skookum Campground above Usk, Washington in 1969. Many relatives and friends helped him develop and operate it.
Clarence’s passions were hunting and fishing and the great outdoors.
He even attempted politics, throwing his hat in the ring for County Commissioner, though he was unsuccessful.
Both Clarence and Peggy’s ashes will be laid to rest at the Newport Cemetery Veteran’s section at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Legion, Post #217, Cusick, Washington, or the 449th Bomb Group Assn., Alan Davis, Legacy Project, 370 Braewood Drive, Chillicothe, OH 45601-2171.
Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at shermancampbell.com.
Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services
PO Box 809 Newport, WA. 99156
Phone: 509-447-3118 Fax: 509-447-3247
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