Stanley Grimm, husband, father, grandfather, lawyer, former circuit court
judge, and retired State of Missouri Court of Appeals judge, died September
He and Jane Morgan of Sedalia, Missouri were married between semesters of
his first year in law school. His father, Rev. Victor Grimm, officiated at
the February 1, 1957 ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sedalia.
She survives. Other survivors include their three sons (all of whom are
attorneys) and their spouses, David and Beth of Austin, TX, Mark and Julie
of St. Louis, and John and Michelle of Cape Girardeau; seven grandchildren,
Alex who is attending Texas A&M University at College Station, Andrew who is
attending the University of Georgia in Athens, Morgan, Bridgette, and Reed
of St. Louis, and Natalie and Maggie of Cape Girardeau. In addition, a
brother, Bob of Los Altos, California, a brother-in-law, Stan Geiger of
Portland, Oregon and numerous nieces and nephews survive. His sister, Donna
Geiger, and his sister-in-law, Marion Grimm, predeceased him.
Stan was born April 28, 1933 in Macon, Missouri where he attended public
schools. In 1954, he received his B.S. in Business Administration from
Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State). He spent the
next 21 months in the U.S. Army as an enlisted man, including 16 months in
Japan. In 1959, he received his L.L.B. from the University of Missouri
School of Law and he and Jane moved to Cape Girardeau where they became
members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church. He was active in church, serving as
chairman, chief elder, and chairman or member of numerous committees.
Stan was the first president of the Board of Directors of the Southeast
Missouri State College Lutheran Campus Center. He was heavily involved in
the formation and development of the Lutheran Home for the Aged and was
serving on its Board of Directors at the time of his death. He was also
active at Southeast Missouri Hospital, serving on the board from 1972 until
he accepted honorary status in 1992. While on the board, he chaired numerous
committees and was president of the board from 1983 to 1985.
Stan served on the board of the then Cape Girardeau County Association for
Retarded Children for 8 years, the Presbyterian Home for Children for 6
years, and the Greater Cape Girardeau Development Corporation for more than
He practiced law from 1959 through 1972 with the law firms of Oliver &
Oliver and Rader and Grimm. In 1972, the people of Bollinger and Cape
Girardeau Counties elected him circuit judge for the 32nd circuit. He was
reelected without opposition in 1978 and 1984. In 1987, then Governor John
Ashcroft appointed him to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
and he served on that court until 1998, when he resigned and became a
mediator and arbitrator. For a number of years, St. Louis Magazine has named
him as one of the best lawyers in the state in the area of alternative
In 1977, he served as president of the Missouri Council of Juvenile Court
Judges and in 1981 he served as president of the State Trial Judges
Association. In 1981, the Missouri Supreme Court appointed him as chairman
of the Committee on Jury Instructions and Charges-Criminal, which prepared
instructions that are used in every jury criminal case in Missouri.
In 1993, he received the Missouri Supreme Court Distinguished Service Award,
one of two judges to receive the initial award. In 2000, he received The
Missouri Bar Foundation's Spurgeon Smithson Award for extraordinary service
toward the increase and diffusion of justice in society. Last week, he
received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from Lutheran Family and
Children's Services of Missouri.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. at Ford & Sons
Mt. Auburn Funeral Home. A memorial service will be Monday, October 1, 2012
at 1:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church with Rev. Paul Short officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the
Lutheran Home for the Aged, 2825 Bloomfield Road, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703,
Saxony Lutheran High School, 2004 Saxony Memorial Drive, Jackson, MO 63755,
or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be shared at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com
Ford & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.