Fred Carl Grimes
Fred was born in Vallejo, Calif. in 1947, and passed away July 5, 2013 at home in McKinleyville.
He spent most of his life in Humboldt County, where he worked for Arcata Redwood Company for 11 years. He then went on to drive school bus for McKinleyville Union School District for the last 20 years. He also worked as a custodian during the summers for the same school system.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carol, son Nathan Grimes and family of McKinleyville, sons by a previous marriage, Mark Grimes of Eureka, Chris Grimes of McKinleyville. His mother Evelyn Grodem of Eureka is a resident of Seaview Convalescent home, Sister Jeannette Carlson of Sacramento, Sister and Brother in law Connie and Don Ulh of Sacramento, Calif.
Fred married Carol Vogt in Arcata, Calif. in 1978 and they lived on the old Bauder ranch in Westhaven for 24 years, until they bought their present home in McKinleyville in 2003.
He enjoyed being with his grandchildren, Kyrsten, Stormie, Noah, and Karissa. They were always visiting and playing with Grandpa in the yard or the pool he fixed every summer for them. They were the joy of his life.
Fred enjoyed gardening, building, and woodworking. Fred and Carol were always improving things at their home. He was also a computer person and made many friends through that medium. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends whose lives were better by his presence.
Cremation arrangements are being handled by Ayres Family cremation in Eureka. A gathering and celebration of Freds life will be held Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mickey & Connie Vogts home at 2707 Daffodil Ave in McKinleyville, CA. On the left side of road, look for the light house.
Much heartfelt thanks to everyone that put up the memorial on fence.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Freds names may be made to Hospice of Humboldt.
From Nathan Grimes:
So I know some of you know, but for those that don’t my father was diagnosed with cancer in February of this year. On the 5th of this month he lost the battle he was trying to win. Most of you knew him as Freddy for he never met a stranger! I knew him as Dad, my first best friend and my hero. He was my Kids G-Pa and Noah would say his buddy. I know you are there looking down upon us, but it doesn’t fill the void of you being gone. I will forever love you and look forward to the day we will all get to laugh with you again! Love you Dad!