On Saturday, October 10th, 2020, Leslie Ray Grimes went home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 78, surrounded by his family.
Les was born on April 8, 1942 in St. Louis to Thomas and Florence Grimes. He grew up in Eolia with his four siblings, Joyce, Tommy, Jimmy and Sandi, all of whom preceded him in death. He developed a passion for basketball and played for and graduated from Clopton High School. His path then led him to Hannibal-LaGrange College where he received Jesus as his personal Savior and met the love of his life, Bonnie Ciepley. He graduated with a math education degree from Central Methodist University.
Les and Bonnie were married on August 31, 1963 and started their family. Les was immensely proud of his family, but he would be quick to tell you the Lord gets all the credit. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Jill (Kevin) Stiles, Tim (Kristi) Grimes, and Mark (Reneé) Grimes. He also leaves behind his nine grandchildren, Kaela (Caleb) Ingebretson, Anna (John) Messerly, Julia Stiles, Tyler, Justin, Katie and Allie Grimes, and Carter and Noah Grimes, as well as three great-grandchildren, Elle and Hugh Messerly and James Ingebretson, plus one more on the way.
Les began his teaching and coaching career at Boonville High School before moving to O’Fallon and retiring from both Fort Zumwalt North and Christian High School. He became an entrepreneur, owning car washes and the Fisher and Grimes custard stand where it’s said he gave away more custard than he sold. Les touched enumerable young lives having students and athletes contact him decades later, going so far as to remember the five man weave from his Boonville coaching days.
Les was once a reserved young man until Jesus changed his life. He said he didn’t come to know the Lord until age 20 because no one ever told him about Him. He made it his mission to make sure no one he met had that same excuse. Les boldly shared the Gospel with all kinds of people in all kinds of situations and always came home with a story to tell.
He loved fishing with his grandkids and attending their sporting events, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, enjoying his beautiful home and gardening with Bonnie by his side.
Les will be interred at Eolia Cemetery following a private burial ceremony on October 16th. A celebration of life will be held at Grace Community Chapel, 7661 Mexico Road, St. Peters, MO 63376 on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:00 am.
Donations in Les’s memory can be sent to:
Story Book Lodge Christian Camp
5079 Vermilion Trail
Gilbert, MN 55741
Turkey Hill Ranch Bible Camp
13489 Maries Rd 301
Vienna, MO 65582