Clipped From The Daily Reporter
DAVID GRIMM AT CHRISTMAS "Snoopy" was gift from nurse ; David Grimm 9 s fight •/.. C7 against cancer ends A plucky Strasburg 3rd grader's battle against cancer ended early this morning. David Gene Grimm, 9, died in Canton Canton Aultman Hospital where he had undergone numerous chemo-thera- py treatments to arrest the disease following removal of a malignant abdominal tumor last Sept. 19. He was the son of Gene D. and Margaret Plotner Grimm of 167 4th st. SW, Strasburg. David's courageous fight became the No. 1 cause for the entire community community of Strasburg. To assist the family with medical expenses students students held basketball marathons, bake sales were staged and there were donations from clubs and individuals. individuals. It is believed that practically every every resident of Strasburg — and many who did not live in the community community — had a part in raising the between between $5000 and $6000 that was deposited deposited in a special account at the Citizens State Bank. During his illness David became a favorite of the nurses at Union Hospital Hospital in Dover, where he became a patient Sept. 11 after being ill for three weeks, and at Aultman. A student nurse at Aultman gave David his friend, Snoopy, and another another nurse helped him build Snoopy's dog house. The stuffed animal and his house were fixtures under the Christmas tree in the Grimm residence residence last December. He was a student in Mrs. Howard Fox's 3rd grade at Strasburg elementary. elementary. He returned to classes on a regular basis Jan. 9 and continued until Feb. 27, according to Mrs. Fox. Thereafter, he returned to the classroom infrequently. David's last visit — shortly before Easter — a spelldown was held. He was one of the four finalists. On April 10, David had a front-row seat during the Canton appearance of the Harlem Globetrotters, whom he visited in the lockerroom following following the exhibition. He had been dismissed dismissed from the hospital for that special occasion. He was also a member of the Lakeview Lakeview Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, Todd, and three sisters, Bobbi, Lee Ann and Beth Ann, all of the home; paternal grandmother, Mrs, Mary Grimm of Strasburg, and maternal grandparents, grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. Jack Plotner ofSugarcreek. Funeral services will be held Saturday Saturday at 1:30 in the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home at Dover with Rev. Robert Veenhuis officiating. Burial will be in Ridgecrest Memory Gardens. Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday night from 7 to 9.