August 6, 1923 – January 31, 2018
Victor Grimes, 94, of Temple, Texas, passed from this life January 31, 2018. He was born August 6, 1923, in Waurika, Oklahoma, to Amos and Ada (Jenkins) Grimes. He married June Derr on April 7, 1944, in Montgomery, Alabama. He finished high school in Waurika and then attended the University of Oklahoma to play basketball.
Victor served his country during World War II, in the Army Air Force/Corps 454th Bomb Group 15th Air Force. He was a B24 bomber pilot and was awarded the rank of First Lieutenant. He served in southern Italy, Germany, Arkansas, Maxwell Field Alabama, Lafayette, Louisiana, and Wichita Falls, Texas. He flew fifty-two missions and received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. After leaving the military Victor worked in Waurika and then moved to Oklahoma City in 1965 to work for APCO Oil. He moved to Temple, Texas, in 1978 to work for Fuel Distributors. He was a Methodist. Victor was preceded in death by his wife June Bug, one daughter Mici Grimes Autin and son-in-law Gerald Wayne Autin, his parents, brothers Valda, Vernon and Vester Grimes and their spouses, and sisters Vida Doyle and Vada Johnson and their spouses, and one niece Karen Dale Roth. Survivors include: his daughter Vici Grimes of Stillwater, OK; grandson – Colin Autin and his wife Melissa of Oklahoma City, OK; great-grandchildren – Emma Reece Autin, Marley Gwendolyn Autin and Caroline Victoria Autin, all of Oklahoma City, OK; niece Jean Johnson of Wichita Falls, TX; great-nieces Kathleen Roth, Taylor Roth, Micayla Proctor and Rebecca Roth, all from Texas, nephew Don Grimes of Dallas, TX; and niece Janell Warren from Texas. Funeral services for Mr. Grimes will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika with Adam Brinson officiating. Burial will be in the Waurika Cemetery under the direction of Dudley Funeral Homes. Memorial contributions may be made to the Waurika First Methodist Church, 438 East D Ave., Waurika, OK 73573.