Manning E. Grimes, M.D., 98, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Meierhoffer Chapel in St. Joseph. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Joseph. The family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art or the Robidoux Row Museum.
Born Sept. 29, 1906, in Marshall, he was the son of the late Virgil E. and Martha C. Hains Grimes. On April 21, 1935, in Braymer, he married Beatrice E. Penny, who preceded him in death Feb. 15, 2004. He grew up in Slater and moved to St. Joseph in 1934, where he resided for the rest of his life. He received his A.B. and B.S. degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his M.D. degree from the University of Chicago Rush Medical College in 1934. He was a member of the Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity. He was also a member of the American Medical Association and the Missouri State Surgical Society. He was elected a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and received the state's highest award as Missouri Doctor of the Year in 1974. He had served as president of the following organizations: Buchanan County Medical Society, Northwest Missouri Academy of General Practice and the Ensworth Society. In the past, he had acted as chief of staff of the former Methodist and St. Joseph hospitals. He served seven years on the Board of Governors in the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He was the Medical Director of Swift & Co. for five years. He served many years as coroner of Buchanan County, beginning in 1965, and worked on the State Para-Medical Committee to get a unified medical examiner law enacted in Missouri. The Missouri State Medical Society honored him for 50 years of service in 1985. He was an active member of the University of Missouri-Columbia Alumni Association as well as belonging to many of the university's other organizations. During World War II, he was in the National Guard in the medical detachment of the 35th tank company. He was a past president of the Optimist International, a lifetime member of the Moila Shrine Temple, charter member of the Hi 12 Association, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, and a lifetime member of the Royal Order of the Jester's Court 98. He participated in the restoration and preservation of the historic Robidoux Row. He instituted the Endowment Fund to ensure its preservation. He served on the board of the Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum and actively participated in museum progress for many years. A Western Art Gallery was dedicated to he and his wife on Aug. 20, 1993. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served on its board for many years.
Survivors include one son, Richard Manning Grimes of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Penny Millican of Bellaire, Texas, and Dee Ann Skipton of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; one brother, Cap Grimes of Slater; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one niece.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Kay Wright; one sister, Minnie Nadine Buchanan and one grandson.