Donald H. Rimer
Virginia Beach - Donald H. Rimer, 65, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. He retired in 2005 from the Virginia Beach Police Department having served for 34 years. He was a Master Police Officer and in 1986 was made a Detective and received his Gold Shield. During his career he was proud to have delivered 13 babies. Born in Atascadero, California, he was the son of the late Viola Brown Rimer and Hugh M. Rimer.
Don was a graduate of Lawton High School and attended Cameron University, Oklahoma State University, and Old Dominion University. He began his career as a Professional Fire Fighter in Lawton, Okla. After coming to the Tidewater area he graduated first in his class from the Tidewater Police Academy in 1971 and joined the Virginia Beach Police Department and was assigned to the Department's Second Precinct Uniform Patrol. In 1976 he was assigned to the newly formed Tidewater Regional Police Academy where he trained hundreds of new police officers and taught as an Adjunct Professor at O.D.U. where he trained police officers from all over the Commonwealth. In 1980 Don returned to his true love, Oceanfront Uniform Patrol. In 1986 he was assigned to the detective bureau in the Family Trauma/Missing Persons Unit where he recovered hundreds of runaways and missing persons in the U.S. as well as internationally. It was also during this time that he established himself as an internationally known authority on Ritual Crime and the Occult. In 1997 he was assigned to the Media Relations Office where he spent the last years of his career, with his best friend Mike Carey, as a Public Information Officer. After his retirement he traveled extensively and spoke to conferences throughout the country, and worked with the Virginia Gang Investigators Association.
In 1982, after serving as a member since 1971, Don received a Life Membership in the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. In 2000, he received the Virginia Beach Police Department's third highest award, the Medal of Merit and was inducted into the City of Virginia Beach "Hall of Fame", the city's highest award, one of only five police officers in the city's history to receive this honor.
Don was an active member of Virginia Beach United Methodist Church and their Voyager Sunday School Class, and was active and served on the Board of Seton Youth Shelters, an at risk home for boys and girls. During his spare time Don coached many little league and girls softball teams in Virginia Beach.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 45 years, Gene P. Rimer; a daughter, Kristin R. Sheely and her husband Matt of Virginia Beach; a son Rev. Scott M. Rimer and his wife Kimberlie of Norfolk; a brother, Ronald M. Rimer of Stillwater, Okla.; the 'apple of his eye", his granddaughter Kenley Grace Sheely; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Don's family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the loving care given by the doctors and nursing staff at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital ICU Department and the 4th Floor, and especially to Joe, Mary, Brenna, Julie, and Nurse Practitioner Susan Ruetzel. The family would also like to express their gratitude for the care given by their dear friends, Dr. and Mrs. Steve Pearman and Dr. and Mrs. Jess St. Clair.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church with the Reverends Ted David and Bob Cofield officiating. The family will receive friends at a visitation on Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Laskin Road Chapel of H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Seton Youth Shelters, 3333 Virginia Beach Blvd., #28, Virginia Beach, Va. 23452. Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 24, 2012