Obituaries

Richard Grimm

August 11, 1937 - July 27, 2019

Richard Grimm passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, July 27, 2019.  He was 81 years old. He was born on August 11, 1937 in Chicago, IL the son of Boniface (“Ben”) and Frances (Shafarik) Grimm. He moved to Phillips, Wisconsin in 1947, with his parents, brothers (Arnold and Robert) and sister (Francine), where his family ran a dairy farm.  While attending Phillips High School, he played football and boxed with the Golden Gloves.

After graduating high school in 1955, he studied forestry at UW-Stevens Point.  He then joined the National Guard.  His basic training was at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, and he was called up to Ft. Lewis, Washington with the Army’s 32nd Red Arrow Division for a tour of service during the Berlin Crisis in 1961.  Around that time, he also worked in the logging industry in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, peeling popple, and working at the cranberry bogs.  While serving in the military, he was assigned to a unit that practiced demolitions, but was also required to perform extensive cooking.

Upon being honorably discharged, Richard pursued cooking as a career. His first culinary job brought him to Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles shortly after it opened. He later worked at Café Bohemia in Chicago, Hotel Baker, and other fine dining establishments, including for 25 years at the famous Mill Race Inn of Geneva, where he had been named Executive Chef. It was also through the Mill Race that he met his wife.

Richard was united in marriage to Ingeborg (“Inge”) Kloos on October 12, 1968 in St. Charles. He and Inge settled in St. Charles, where they raised two sons. Richard enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, traveling, and later spending time with his grandchildren and family pets. His loyalty to Phillips High School, the University of Wisconsin, and the Green Bay Packers, in particular, never wavered. He was also a strong supporter of St. Charles High School, where both of his sons had attended school. His fondness for animals was evident from his stories of his horse “Danny Boy” in the Northwoods of Wisconsin to his rescuing of orphaned racoons near his home in St. Charles.

He is survived by his children, Brian (Stephanie) Grimm of St. Charles and Richard (Angie) Grimm of Darien, CT; his grandchildren Luke and Sabrina Grimm; Samantha, Jacob, and Natalie Grimm; and a sister Francine (Arnold) Rask of Mt. Horeb, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, and his brothers.

Visitation will be held 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday, August 9, 2019 and a memorial service held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 South Third Street, St. Charles, IL.  

In lieu of flowers, in honor of Richard’s wife Inge, memorial contributions may be directed to American Cancer Society Hope Lodge 411 Second Street NW Rochester, MN 55901.  

 For additional information contact Moss Family Funeral Homes 630-584-2000 or www.mossfuneral.com

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