Donald Keely Grim, 87, beloved husband of Sara (Case) Grim, of Boyertown, passed away on Wednesday December 22, 2021, at home on his farm.
Born in Pottstown, PA, he was the son of the late E. Donald Grim and Frances Marie (Keely) Grim.
Donald was a 1952 graduate of Pottstown Senior High School. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dairy Husbandry from the National Agricultural College, now Delaware Valley University, and was the President of the Class of 1958. He later received his Teaching Certificate and Master of Education Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia.
For 38 years, Donald was a Science Teacher in the Boyertown Area School District. He was the Offensive Line Coach and Head Football Coach of the Boyertown Bears for 28 years. He was also the Head Coach for the Track Team for 38 years. Additionally, he was the Director of the Venzke Relays for 30 years.
Donald was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Delaware Valley University Hall of Fame, and was an All-American Football Lineman. In 1958, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Donald was a member, Deacon, and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 61 years are two sons, Donald Keely Grim, II, husband of Barbara; Keith Case Grim, husband of Katie; one daughter, Kelly (Grim) Caras, wife of John Caras; one granddaughter, Katie; and five grandsons, Kasey, Keely, Kolby, Kaiden, and Kooper; one sister, Patricia (Grim) Smith, wife of George Smith; and one brother, Harold Grim, husband of Ruth Ann.
He was predeceased by one brother, Robert Grim.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Tuesday January 4, 2022, at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown, 750 N. Evans Street, Pottstown, PA. There will be a viewing from 9:30-10:45 AM prior to the service as well as a viewing on Monday evening, January 3rd from 6:00-8:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown. (Masks are Required.)
In lieu of flowers, donations to Delaware Valley University Class of 1958 Scholarship Fund or to the First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown are appreciated.
Morrell Funeral Home, Inc. is overseeing the arrangements.
Dear Sara and Family:
We are so saddened to learn that Don was called home. He was always a gentleman and a wonderful role model for the students he taught, along with all who had the joy to know him. We are all pilgrims on this journey of life and Don was truly a man who made our corner of the world a better place. While heaven’s angels rejoice at his homecoming; our prayers go out for you during this difficult time. May God’s mercy and peace be with you. He was a special friend, and he will be missed.
Not only a beloved teacher to his students in the classroom, but a beloved teacher by example to husbands, fathers, athletes, friends, neighbors, and Christians everywhere.
Forever in our hearts.
Don was always av friend to me & my family.
Dear Sara and Family,
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing.
He was a wonderful man, and we enjoyed knowing him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.
We were so sorry to read of Mr. Grim’s passing. He was a wonderful person who was “always there” to help, listen, and care. We had the privilege of knowing him as a great teacher, and wonderful parent. It was my privilege to know him as a parent of Kelly and Keith, as I was their sixth grade teacher at Pine Forge Elementary. What a wonderful family, led by two marvelous parents.
Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you all.
Larry and Kathy (Geiger) Billger
I am deeply sorry for the loss of a GREAT man and teacher. Mr. Grim, you will definitely be missed.
Don was a great man I remember coming to first Presbyterian for the meals and always talking sports with him and always asked how my family was he will definitely be missed my condolences to the family
I was lucky to be introduced to this wonderful family upon moving to Boyertown. Don, Sarah and Kelly became personal friends, and I heard much about all of the others. Just wonderful people.
Jim, Anne and I are sorry we couldn’t attend the service for Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sara and all of the family! We will always hold the wonderful memories of him in our hearts! Hugs to all of you!