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Merle Dean “M.D.” Grimes 1935 - 2019
Merle Dean “M.D.” Grimes 1935 - 2019

LARNED — Merle Dean “M.D.” Grimes, 83, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at his home in Larned. He was born Sept. 10, 1935, in Burrton, the son of William T. and Neva Barger Hedrick Grimes. A lifetime area resident he was a service station operator at M.D. Super Service. 

He was a member of Isis Shrine, Salina; Sunflower Shrine and Masonic Lodge, both of Great Bend; past member of Larned City Council; former President of USD 495 School Board; past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star; and he enjoyed traveling. 

On Oct. 15, 1961, he married Patsy D. Clapham at Larned, she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Darin Grimes, Shakopee, Minn. and Trent (Glenda) Grimes, Wood Heights, Mo.; one sister, Patricia Appel, Anna, Texas; one brother, Donald Warner, Shawano, Wisc.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers John Price and Richard Warner.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019, at First Christian Church, Larned, with Reverand Jack Hopkins presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday at Beckwith Mortuary, Larned. Memorials may be given to the Sunflower Shrine Travel Club, in care of Beckwith Mortuary, PO Box 477, Larned, Kansas 67550. Personal condolences may be left at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Beckwith Mortuary 

P.O. Box 477 

Larned, KS 67550

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 26, 2019