Richard T. Grimm

October 01, 1926 ‒ January 02, 2015

Fredericktown, Ohio

Richard T. Grimm, age 88, of Fredericktown passed away on Friday evening, January 2, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 1, 1926, in Dover, son of the late Donald T. and Bessie E. (Hughes) Grimm.

Richard was an Army Veteran of WWII and a supporter of the Batemantown United Methodist Church. He was the former co-owner and operator of Grimm’s Flowers in Marion and the founder and former President of the Ohio Mycological Society. Richard taught horticulture for the Tri-Rivers School. He was a member of the F. & A.M. Lodge 70 and the Elks.

Richard is survived by his wife, Phyllis Grimm, whom he married on December 16, 1946; children, Randy (Carolyn) Grimm of Fredericktown, Michelle Conklin of Marion and Laura (Ron Baldwin) Cromley of Utica; grandchildren, Jessica, Megan, Jacob, Erin, Josh, Alisha and Zak; great grandchildren, Alena, Madi, Nolan, Griffin, Ellie and Tucker; and a dear niece, Tina.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Norma J. Stanfield.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral service celebrating the life of Richard at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 East College St., Fredericktown with Pastor David Spaulding officiating. A private graveside service will be held in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County or Batemantown United Methodist Church in Richard’s memory.

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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Richard T. Grimm.

  • Dear Phyllis and Family,

    We send you our deepest sympathy. May your fond memories of this dear man help you through this difficult time. May it also help to know that you have friends who care about you, and share in your sorrow. It is wonderful that you got to celebrate your anniversary. What a memorable milestone!!!! You have such a closely-knit family, we know you will take care of each other and your faith will get your through this.

    Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Phyllis and family, so very sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one , so happy you got to celebrate your anniversary together. Many blessings and prays at this time of sorrow.

  • Dick was a renaissance man–writing novels, making mushroom keys, drawing, sculpting, woodworking. But I think his paramount quality was what he gave to others–his teaching, his patience, his love of nature and of learning itself. We loved him so much. We will miss him.
    Our thoughts are with you, Phyllis, and the rest of the family.
    –Shirley & Terry

  • Phylliss and family you have my deepest sympathies. This was an incredible man that truly shared immense knowledge and wisdom to those that came along his path that loved nature as much he did. His wealth of information concerning the world of fungi was unsurpassed and I was very fortunate to have known him for the four years I was with OMS. He surely will not be forgotten and his teachings will live on with us forever.


    Alan McClelland

    Dick Grimm: Living within Nature – April 30th, 2013

    Dick Grimm Gallery

  • Dear Phyllis,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. You and Dick meant to much to my parents. They loved hunting mushrooms with you and being out in the woods.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  • I am so sad to hear of Dick’s passing. I offer my condolences to his family, who I never met. May you have peace knowing that he lived a life that touched many and did good things in this world.

    I knew him only a bit through the Ohio Mushroom Society to which he was and is so important.

    I joined the OMS about 2008, and I always experienced him as a physically somewhat frail but emotionally very committed member of the club that he formed. I have a favorite picture of him in the early morning mist in 2009, discussing with Dave Miller and another member some of the finer aspects of mushroom taxonomy, or maybe what we might find on today’s foray!

    I found him a gentle, quiet power for this mushroom thing that we (some of us) love. We must all pass, but it is too bad that he has. May he rest in peace!

    Clearly he had many other important roles that he played in his live, but I want to celebrate this one! Dick, may your path be paved by year-r0und morels!

    Pete Richards

  • Dear Grimm Family,

    So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Don Berkshire

  • Our sympathy to you Phyllis and to your family. May God bless you and keep you and give you peace now and always.
    Love Mary

  • So very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. What a wonderful character he was, and a fine human being, full of fun and life and knowledge so readily shared. We never met in person, but had the pleasure of being online “pen-pals” for the last several years. We seemed to speak the same language, and of course, shared a deep and abiding love of mushrooms.

    Dick Grimm was a very bright light in our mycological world, and joins the stars in our eternal myco-firmament.

    The world was surely a better place for having Dick in it.

    May you all find solace in your many good memories and knowledge of a life well lived.

    All the best,

    Debbie Viess
    Oakland, CA

  • God Bless/RIP,to ALL who served in WWII. The USA would NOT be as it is today. Thank YOU for your service in The United States Army,Dick You are ONE of “THE” Greatest Generation ………………………………. And Semper Fi.

  • So sorry to hear of Mr.Grimm passing. He was a very nice man and would stop and talk with me on my walks down shipley road. I loved talking with him because he was so full of knowledge of everything. He will be sadly missed.

  • Dear Phyllis, Randy, Micki and Dee Dee,

    Just learned of Dick’s passing. My sister still lives in Marion and sent me the obit from the Marion Star. Dick was an important person to me during my adolescence and early adult life. He taught our Sunday School class and later led our Y.F. I remember him fondly as a kind and patient person with all the kids and he always kept us laughing. The entire Grimm family was a real asset to First EUB Church in Marion and I am glad that I got to know each of you. In God may you find peace and good memories of your husband and dad.

    Love, Lois
    Indianapolis, Indiana