Eric Grimmer

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Eric William Grimmer, Jr, 51, of Belleville, Il, born November 16, 1970, in Guam, USA, died Wednesday August 17, 2022, at Belleville Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.

Eric was a 1989 graduate of Belleville East High School, a 1998 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and a 2005 graduate of Lindenwood University with a Master of Arts in Educational Administration. He was a Special Education Teacher with the Special School District of St Louis, teaching at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, MO for over 20 years. Eric was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Eric loved all things history – reading about it, watching the history channel, going to museums, but especially loved teaching it to his students at Rockwood Summit. His love of exploring the outdoors started as a boy scout in Saudi Arabia where he lived with his family from 1981 – 1983. Eric was a former scout leader for his son’s troop and enjoyed a 12-day trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Eric had a love of music, whether it was listening to it, playing it or making up silly songs. He had a love for Halloween and Christmas, never missing an opportunity to dress up.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Adrian and Virginia Peterson and Morris and Felicia Grimmer and his father-in-law, William Buss.

Surviving are his wife of 24 years Susan, nee Buss, Grimmer, whom he married on May 16, 1998; his daughter, Madison Grimmer and son Dylan Grimmer; his parents, Rick and Judy, nee Peterson, Grimmer; a sister, Carrie Grimmer Courtney (Mike Burk); his mother-in-law, Marquita Buss; sisters-in law, Cheryl (Jay) Vogt, Denise (Jon) Calabra, Julie (Jeff) Hodde; a brother-in-law Bob Buss; nieces and nephews, Morgan Courtney, Jackson Courtney, David Calabra, Nicole Calabra, Tony Calabra, Ryan Calabra, Joshua Hodde, Justin Hodde, Kellie (Jordan) Lester and Katie Vogt; great-nephews and a great-niece, Logan Monroe, Mckenzie Greenfield and Jace Greenfield; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and two furry companions, Winston and Milo.

The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and staff in the intensive care unit at Belleville Memorial Hospital for all their efforts and the excellent care they provided.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 21, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee Officiating.

Visitation:  Also, there will be a visitation from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

A funeral procession will leave at 12:45 p.m. for a 1:30 p.m. graveside service with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.



17 Comments on Eric Grimmer

Frances Nikki Panes said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2022 at 1:07 PM

My deepest condolences to the Grimmer’s Family. I was so devastated to hear the news after I came back to work the next night. I was amazed and salute his character as a teacher because he worries that the school will start even he is already not feeling well when I received him at the hospital. My deepest thought and prayers for his soul.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bryan and Darlene Rausch said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2022 at 9:38 AM

We are so sorry to hear of your son’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • New Athens
  • il
Nancy and Marty Heires said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 5:01 PM

Rick and Judy we are so sorry for the loss of your son. We are praying for you and your family. We are asking God to bless you with the peace and comfort of His abundant love. Love you.

  • Richardson
  • TX
Janice Morrison said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 4:00 PM

I was so very sorry to learn of Eric's sudden passing. Your family has been in my prayers, and will continue to be.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Michael Stephen Jackson said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2022 at 11:46 AM

Grimmer Family 🌳 My prayers and condolences for You. I taught Band at Whiteside School in 1983-84, and remember Eric very well. He was one of my 8th graders and we did a field trip to the University of Illinois and visited the John Philip Sousa Muesem there. It pleased me to read that music was important to Eric. So sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace ☮️ Steve Jackson

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Carolyn Hoffmann said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 8:56 PM

Rick and Judy you will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family.

  • Columbia
  • SC
Mary Katherine Sandhu said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 8:33 PM

I enjoyed working with Eric in the SSD school district. For several years, somehow we were partners in our NCI training! I was always at the disadvantage given his years serving as a US marine! I am saddened to hear of his passing at such a young age. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Austin
  • TX
Marcelo O. Lara-Ona said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 6:41 PM

To Rick Grimmer a friend and co-worker for TWA and American we are expressing our deepest sympathy on the death of his son. May the memories of times gone by keep his remembrance alive.

  • Des Plaines
  • Illinois
Patricia Schomver said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 6:21 PM

To Judy and Rick. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Belleville
  • Il
Nancy Jane Hamlin said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 5:03 PM

Cousin Judy, Rick and all the Grimmer Family, We send our sympathy at this sad time. Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts. Nancy Hamlin and John Althoff

  • Little Rock, AR , USA
  • AR
Dillon said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 5:03 PM

Mr Grimmer taut me Work study for 2 years. He was my favorite teacher I had so much fun when we went to the worksites. I remember holding the door open for him because he always had his hands full.

  • Fenton
  • Mo
Michael Annon said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2022 at 4:10 PM

Eric was a good guy and was full of energy. He always had something to talk about. My condolences to the family. He'll be missed. I'm very sorry ro hear this happened so suddenly. I just chatted with him a few weeks ago about his finished bathroom. He will always be remembered for his love of music, passion for teaching, and love of History. You'll be missed Eric.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Sam dilorenzo said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 11:53 PM

Eric will be greatly missed. His passion and goodness will live on in all the students that he inspired and educated through the years. May he rest in peace

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Talisha Perkins said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 9:54 PM

This is so devastating to hear . Mr.Grimmer was a great teacher to the students and great friend/ coworker to the staff . Wherever u needed help he was there whether it was dealing with history or not . My heart goes out to all.❤️ -rock wood summit student Talisha Perkins

  • Saint Louis
  • Missouri
Michael McCoy said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 9:02 PM

To the family of Eric, he was a interesting and outgoing person, with a unique way of connecting with those he knew. I served with Eric in the Marine Corps. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family and love ones in your time of need. Semper Fi Eric - God Speed...

  • Mentor on the Lake
  • Ohio
Darrell Hawkins said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 8:47 PM

To the Grimmer Family, I am sorry for your loss of your son and husband. I did not know him but worked with his dad at TWA, and American. I can say nothing more to comfort you except I am our prayers are with your entire Family.

  • Wentzville
  • Mo.
Lincoln Lounsbury said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2022 at 7:55 PM

I was so saddened to hear of Eric’s passing. He played drums in a band with Erick T. and me back in college in Carbondale in the late 80s, and I’ve always remembered him fondly as such an outgoing and friendly guy. My deepest condolences to you all.

  • Libertyville
  • Illinois

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