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Burleson (Burley) GRIMES II Obituary

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GRIMES II, Burleson "Burley" 63, of Mechanicsburg, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Miami Valley Hospital. He was born in Troy, Ohio on September 29, 1949, the son of the late Burleson and Rosemary (Hall) Grimes. Burley was a graduate of Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania and The Ohio State University. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hancock during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated several farms in Clark and Champaign counties and previously owned Grimes Tractor Co., a John Deere dealership, in Urbana. Burley currently served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio State University NROTC Alumni Association, the Grimes Flying Lab Foundation, Urbana and the Polo Club. He formerly served on the Tecumseh Land Trust board. He was a member of the Van Dyke Club, Polo Club, S.A.R., and Miami Valley Hunt and Polo Club. A life-long outdoorsman, Burley's passion for bird habitat conservation led him to found the local chapter of Pheasants Forever and served as the chapter president for many years. Burley is survived by his wife of 29 years, Deborah L. Hill Grimes; their children, Burleson A. Grimes and Rose Marie "Mia" Grimes; two sisters, Lucy Kyle (John) Sanders of Troy and Louise Bietendorf of Tucson, Arizona; and two brothers, Douglas (Andrea) Grimes of Centerville and Charles (Janice) Grimes of Casstown. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Rosemary Bietendorf, Prescott and Kyle Sanders, Aaron and Elizabeth Grimes, Shane Hill, and Emily Russell. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Legler Grimes and a nephew, Bradley Hayden. A celebration of Burley's life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 at his family farm, 6891 Brigner Rd., Mechanicsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh Land Trust, P.O. Box 417, Yellow Springs, Oh 45387, the Grimes Flying Lab Foundation, c/o White's Service Center, attn. James White, 1246 N. Main St., Urbana, OH 43078 or the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Rd., Springfield, OH 45504. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com

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Published in Springfield News-Sun on July 11, 2013
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