HAMPTON - Joseph Martin Grim passed into God's loving hands on Sunday, May 12, 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 67 years, Marguerite T. Grim, and two daughters, Rite G. Anderson (Craig) of Burke, Virginia and Joan G. Russell (Robert), of Newport News, Virginia, as well as four grandchildren, Robert Joseph Anderson (Kristin), Benjamin Hughes Anderson, Mary Carol Anderson and Zachary Scot Russell. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by both of his sisters, Marie Wukitch and Rita Campbell, both of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Joe was born on August 16, 1922, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Alphonse and Wilamena Grim. He served in the Pacific theater of World War II with the First Marine Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart on February 23, 1945, for his combat wounds suffered during the fighting at Peleliu. He rose to the rank of Sergeant on March 16, 1945. Joe returned from his service overseas and married his fiancée, Marguerite (Tench), on September 26, 1945. He became a mechanical contractor and had his own company for many years. He was recognized in 1996 as a 50-Year Life Member of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry Union, Local 540. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and served for many years as a Eucharistic Minister. In his retired years, Joe was an accomplished gardener and loved to serve his home-grown produce with meals. Joe was also a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins and delighted in watching the games, talking (and complaining) about the team. Almost a decade ago, he endured the amputation of his right leg due to vascular disease, but it scarcely slowed him down. People in the neighborhood - and some far from the neighborhood - would see him riding around on his electric scooter, often taking it to the very limit of its range on his various adventures and errands. The family wishes to thank the caring nurses and staff at Sentara Hospital, for their professional and attentive care of Joe during the past three weeks. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 17, at St. Vincent de Paul Church at 2:00 p.m. Presiding at the Mass will be Joe's nephew, Monsignor Father John Campbell, from Pennsylvania. There will be a viewing at the Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News on Thursday, May 16, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to offer a donation to the Northampton Fire Department, 1221 Todds Lane, Hampton, in recognition of their services provided to Joe over the recent years, or to the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 230 33rd Street, Newport News, or to the
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Published in Daily Press on May 15, 2013