Gerald Dean (Jerry) Grimmonpre
Gerald Dean (Jerry) Grimmonpre was born in Marshalltown, IA, on Jan. 11th, 1935, and passed away on Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at Franklin Woods Hospital, Johnson City, TN following a short illness. Jerry began his flying career with the US Air Force where he spent 9 years flying many aircraft including his favorite the Super Saber F-100 from which he retired as captain. After the Air Force he took his skills to United Airlines. He was highly regarded throughout United Airlines for both his skill as a pilot as well as his wit. He entertained passengers and crew on many flights over 32 years. During his long career with United Airlines and the US Air Force he flew in excess of 30,000 hours on almost all of United’s aircraft as well as the F-84, F-86 and F-100 fighters. He retired as captain on the Pacific route on the 747-400. Jerry could fix anything, do anything and knew everything! He loved the challenge of planning projects and was known to enjoy the planning much more than the execution phase. In his 30s, Jerry went back to college (DePaul University Chicago) where he earned a BS in Business Administration.
Jerry was a member of the United Flying Octogenarians, as well as a life time member of EAA since 1990 and was an active member of the EAA chapter 1355 in Greeneville, TN. Following retirement, Jerry continued flying his own RV-4 out of The Landings Airport in Huntley, IL. In 2012, he relocated from Del Webb Sun City, Huntley, IL to Hensley Airpark in Chuckey, TN where he and Anne built their dream home with an attached hangar. He loved living in TN and each day he could be found working on projects in his hangar workshop and preparing for the next flight. Jerry was a graduate of Marshalltown HS class of ’53 and had remained friends with a number of his classmates whom he enjoyed meeting at each reunion.
Surviving to honor Jerry’s memory are his loving wife Anne (Monahan-Ricke); his three loving children from his previous marriage to Sharon (Hall) Grimmonpre, son Mark (Fort Walton Beach, FL), daughter Lisa Palmer (Stuart) Hillsboro, Beach, FL, and son Gary (Kathryn) Huntley, IL. He is also survived by his step-daughter Stephanie (Jason) Graham, Fredericksburg VA; seven grandchildren: Kendall and Kyle Grimmonpre, Andrew and Melissa Moise, Jennifer Houser, Rebecca Brown and Holly Grimmonpre as well as three great-grandchildren John Ryan Brown, Emma Houser and Haven Grimmonpre and two step-grandchildren Evelyn and Mirabel Graham.
He was preceded in death by his parents Tony (Antony) and Emma (Good) Grimmonpre and five sisters: Adelia Crippen, Esther Brooks, Arlene Miller, Marcella Bresler-Curren and Judy Grimmonpre.
The family would like to thank Franklin Woods Hospital in Johnson City, TN, Dr. Phil Jones and all the staff on PCU 3rd floor for their compassionate care during Jerry’s Hospital stay.
Arrangements will be carried out by Jeffers Funeral Home, Greenville, TN. At his request, no memorial service is planned. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Experimental Aircraft Association, P.O. Box 3816, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3826 or to the Young Eagles Flight Program.