MURPHYSBORO — Dr. John E. Grimes Jr., Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, of Charleston, Illinois, formerly of Murphysboro, 86, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.

He was born July 16, 1933, in Murphysboro, to Lorene Anna Vaughn Grimes and John Edward Grimes Sr.

He is survived by children, John Grimes, Kathy Grimes Sbarboro and Karen Grimes Swejkoski (husband Terry); grandchildren, Jacquelyn Amanda Armstrong (fiancé Mellissa), Michael Sbarboro (fiancée Ilse), John Sbarboro, and Sage Swejkoski; great-grandson, Niko Sbarboro; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Patrick M. Grimes; sister-in-law, Mary Kay Sharkey Grimes; niece, Judith Grimes; and son-in-law, James Sbarboro.

Services honoring his life will be Saturday, Sept. 28, with visitation at 10 a.m. and funeral liturgy at 11 a.m. in St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Committal service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in St. Andrews Cemetery in Murphysboro.

He attended St. Andrew's Parochial School, Murphysboro High School and obtained BA and MA degrees from Southern Illinois University and his doctorate from University of Arizona.

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He was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Sea Scout, Eagle Scout and earned many top scouting awards.

A three-year U.S. Army veteran, he specialized in Military Counterintelligence, serving his country in Aschaffenburg, Germany, 1957-1958. He was a proud member of the Army Russian Choir's "Black Ravens."

He was a dedicated member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and Choir, Knights of Columbus, Murphysboro Elks, Mattoon Eagles and many professional organizations.

He was a psychologist at Eastern Illinois University's Counseling Center for 12 years. He was a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Diplomat in Marital-Family Therapy in private practice for 24 years in Charleston, where he dedicated his life to helping others live more comfortably in their own lives.

He will be fondly recalled as the chauffer who voluntarily drove many others to appointments and by thousands as the man who administered their GED exam.

Memorials may be made to SBL Peace Meal Program or Charleston Food Pantry.

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Sep 28
Saturday, September 28, 2019
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
921 Madison Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
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Sep 28
Funeral Liturgy
Saturday, September 28, 2019
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
921 Madison Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Guaranteed delivery before John's Funeral Liturgy begins.
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