Norman C. Grimes

Mr. Grimes

Norman C. Grimes, 85, left this earthly life as we know it to be in the heavenly presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The son of Melvin “Jack” and Florence G. Grimes, he was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Tiffin. June 15, 1957, Norman found love. He married Christine Phillips. They were married 58 years before she passed away Sept. 25, 2015. Together, they had four sons, Thomas, Timothy, Mark and Matthew Grimes.

Surviving are their sons, Thomas, Timothy (Sharon), Mark and Matthew Grimes; 11 grandchildren, Christopher, Brittany, Justin, Kelsey, Luke, Isaac, Ian, Sam, Owen, Aiden and Abby; a sister-in-law, Glenna Walton; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Norm in death were his parents; brother and sister-in-laws; and loving wife, Christine.

Norm grew up in Tiffin, graduated from Tiffin Columbian High School, obtained a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg College, a master’s degree from Iowa State, then a PH.D from Toledo University. He taught in Cleveland, then for many years at Tiffin Columbian High School, biology and chemistry.

Norm was a kind husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a great lover of animals, being loved by dogs and cats everywhere. What a tremendous sense of humor; if a joke was told, he could still be heard laughing five minutes later, with each ha-ha escalating above the previous.

“Faithful, diligent, intense, focused” describe Norm’s approach with all he was involved. He loved God and Jesus Christ with all his heart and had compassion for those who do not know God in personal relationship. A many-year member of Tiffin Harmony United Methodist Church, he was involved with Youth for Christ, Bible Quiz competitions and led Bible study. Norm helped lead “Fellowship of Christian Athletes” at the high school.

The Gideon’s International ministry was a passion of Norm’s, being part of distributing Bibles and in-prison ministry. In later life, he and wife, Christine became missionaries in Paraguay, taking on the challenge of learning new language; Norm taught at a Christian academy and would also go to the poorer regions for ministry. After returning to the States, Norm and Christine became local Methodist pastors in churches in Barnesville district and at Green Springs, Pleasant Ridge churches in Ohio.

In his biology teaching career, he went all-out in his creativity in the lab, and much to his family’s dismay could at times “bring his work home with him” (the reader can determine what that may have looked like). He led many successful annual science fairs.

Norm had great impact as track and cross country coach for many years. At Tiffin Columbian, he led many teams to the NOL championships and state qualifications. He was founder of the Cross Country Carnival meet/invitational, which has become one of the biggest meets in all of the United States. Norm was an innovator, and was known to have stopped and said to many a young lad, “You look like a runner” and would get them involved. He was inducted into the Ohio Coaches Hall of Fame.

Norman absolutely loved to run, and was still running 3-5 miles per day up until age 78.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Altercare of Bucyrus nursing home for their many years of wonderful care for Norman and thanks to Kindred Hospice for its comfort care.

Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, at Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin, OH. There will be additional viewing at 11 a.m. Saturday, one hour before the service.

His funeral will begin at noon Saturday, May 18, at Tiffin Harmony United Methodist Church, located corner of county roads 19 and 6 outside of Tiffin, with Pastor Matt Garrabrant officiating. Burial will follow Saturday, in Fairmont Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Norman’s memory may be made to The Gideon’s International.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneral