James Vincent Grimard Jr.

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February 17, 1948 ~ May 13, 2015

James V. Grimard, Jr. of LaCenter, Washington passed away on May 13, 2015. He was born on February 17, 1948 to Laura and James V. Grimard, Sr. in Muskegon, Michigan. After serving in Viet Nam with the U.S. Navy, he moved to Washington in the 1970s. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2007.

Jim was a thoughtful, giving person with a curiosity of people and places. He appreciated, art, nature and music from blue grass to opera, and he won blue ribbons with his excellent blackberry wine. Jim and his wife, Kathy, traveled to 19 foreign counties, and he was lucky enough to spend his last trip in his favorite city, Antigua, Guatemala. Upon returning home, Jim wrote wonderful descriptive travel narratives of their adventures in the Amazon to exploring the Paris flea market. His genealogy work led him to discover a whole new family branch in Sheffield, England. A very close relationship developed and brought an amazing group of family into the family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Kathleen Dempsey; mother, Laura Grimard; stepson, Joel (Kristin) Martens; daughter, Kathleen Hendrickson and four grandsons; sisters, Mary (Joe) Brunais; Diane (Gary) Wilson; Sharon (Joe) Calkins; brothers, Tom (Sheila) Grimard; Rick (Sharon) Grimard; Joe (Juanita) Grimard, Daniel Grimard, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, James V. Grimard, Sr.

Remembrance donation can be made to the organization Jim supported most: The Innocence Project, 40 Worth St., New York, NY 10013, Attn: Development Dept.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main St., Ridgefield, WA.
Please sign James's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on May 27, 2015
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