Norman “Bud” Grimshaw, 93, of Rutland died Monday, August 20, 2012, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness.
He was born in Ludlow on March 5, 1919, the son of Hugh and Frances (Gates) Grimshaw.
He was a 1937 graduate of Black River Academy.
Three years later, he was mobilized for service to his country in World War II. He was a platoon leader with an anti-tank company. While with the 83rd Division (infantry), he saw action on Normandy Beach, the Hertgen Forest, Belgium, Northern France and the Battle of the Bulge. During this service, he received the Bronze Star with three oak clusters. He was discharged in 1946 as a first lieutenant.
In 1948, Bud and his partner built and operated the Rutland Drive-in-Theater, the first in the state.
In 1950, he was called back into service during the Korean War, serving two years.
Norman retired from the National Guard with the rank of major in 1962. He also retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1979.
Bud was a longtime member of the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club. He also liked classic cars and was a member of Rutland Area Vehicle Enthusiasts (RAVE).
Norman was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and also a longtime member of the American Legion and Elks Club.
Bud was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Patricia (Mulcahy) Grimshaw, on July 13 of this year.
He is survived by a son, Michael, a daughter, Arlene, and three grandsons, Aaron Grimshaw, David and Daniel Gilligan.
There are no visiting hours.
A graveside service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland. Officiating will be Rev. Justin Baker, pastor of Christ the King Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Contributions may be made to Christ the King debt reduction fund, 66 South Main St., Rutland, VT 05701.