Bessie Jean Plikerd Grimes, 91, Syracuse, passed away at 12:53 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Goshen Hospital. She was born on Sept. 13, 1928, in Crawfordsville, to Charles Louden and Gertrude Leona (Bond) Sosbe.
She graduated in 1946 from Crawfordsville High School and moved to the Syracuse area in 1966 from Crawfordsville. She was married on July 22, 1947 in Denver, CO to Richard E. “Dick” Plikerd Sr. who preceded her on Dec. 28, 1972. She then married on December 13, 1974 in Syracuse, to Stanley R. “Burley” Grimes who preceded her on May 12, 1993. She was a homemaker and formerly employed at Cecil Cannery in Milford, and Thornburg Drugs and Ace Hardware both in Syracuse.
She was a member of Syracuse Church of God and former member of the Twilight Bunco Club in Syracuse.
She is survived by four sons: Richard “Butch” (Jackie) Plikerd, Kenneth (Penny) Plikerd, Philip (Pat) Plikerd, and Alan (Diane) Plikerd, all of Syracuse; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and one step great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded by her parents, husbands, step grandson, Bud Weiser, three sisters, Katherine Elkins, Maxine Barnett, and Betty Jane Peacock, and three brothers, Wayne, Vernon, and Robert Sosbe.
Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22, in the funeral home with Pastor Stan Owen officiating. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Syracuse Food Pantry, 203 E. Main St., Syracuse, IN 46567 or Goshen Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 723, Goshen IN 46527. To send condolences to the family in memory of Bessie Grimes, please visit www.owenfamilyfuneralhome.com