Bookhout Funeral Home

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William E. Grimes

July 28, 1922July 29, 2020

William E Grimes, Sr. of Oneonta, passed away July 29, 2020 at the age of 98 and one day. He was born in Middle Village Staten Island, NY on July 28, 1922 the son of the William H and Lena (Schuab) Grimes. William proudly served his country in the United States Army, 47th Infantry 9th Division where he served in the Central European Campaigns 1942-1945 and earned a Bronze Star. He was a M 1 Rifle Marksman 1st Class Machine Gunner. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Purple Heart on Remagen Bridge where he was wounded. He returned home to a hero’s welcome in New York harbor. He was married to Rose Marie Russo on June 19th, 1949 in Oneonta where they enjoyed 57 years of marriage. Rosie predeceased him in 2006. William worked at various jobs in Oneonta and retired from the SUNY Oneonta maintenance department after 20 years. After his retirement he worked for Reynolds Greenhouse/Stoeger’s Florist then at Bookhout Funeral Home from 1997 to 2014 and he Volunteered at FoxCare where he enjoyed “telling people where to go”. Willy was a member of the Sixth Ward Booster Club Playground and the Sixth Ward Athletic Club. He enjoyed golfing with his friends, going to the Casino's and spending time with family. William is survived by his children Michael Grimes of Oneonta and William Grimes, Jr (Jenny) of South New Berlin, grandchildren Anthony (Hannah) Grimes of New Berlin, Nicholas (Gina) Grimes of Arlington, VT and Phoebe Weiler of Oneonta as well as great-grandchildren Nico and Brexli Rose. He also leaves behind special friends Debra Coe, Dustin and Cody, and Cathy Grimes. He was predeceased by a sister, Leona (Grimes) Roberts. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will held at The Oneonta Plains Cemetery on Friday July 31st with Bruce Helmstrom of Helios Care officiating. Memorial donations in the name of William Grimes to Helios Care or the charity of your choice. To honor Willy’s memory please be sure thank veterans for their service to our country. To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Gina Franey

August 1, 2020

Love and prayers to all my family. Some of my favorite memories are of the holiday parties down at Uncle Bill and Aunt Rosie's basement. I will always remember your cheerful disposition and sunny smile Uncle Bill, may you rest in eternal peace with Aunt Rosie.

Peter & Sherry Barberio

August 1, 2020

Bill was a caring compassionate Person. Always looking for ways to help others enjoy all life has to offer. He was a great friend and neighbor. He will be missed by all. Sincere condolences to his loved Ones.

Kerry Lynch

July 30, 2020

I was not privileged to know William Grimes but I thank him for his military service. My father was also a WWII veteran who also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Your father was just 23 when he fought and was wounded in that battle. They were part of what was truly the Greatest Generation.

Edward Eden

July 30, 2020

Remember Bill from several places always friendly.

Wayne Sargent

July 30, 2020

RIP my friend you are now with Rosie.

Lori Russo

July 29, 2020

Remembering you Uncle Bill with fond memories. I am honored and blessed to have you in my life, I will miss you. May you Rest In Peace with Aunt Rosie, I love you both.


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