In Memory of Lennie R. Schrimsher December 9, 1945 – February 27, 2016
We have lost a true MOPAR man as Lennie Schrimsher walked across the road to be with the Lord on 27 February 2016. We can all be thankful he is without pain and at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family; Janice, his wife of 49 years, son Jeremy and wife Whitney and grandchildren whom he adored and talked about often, Nolan and Molly, and his brother Wayne.
Lennie was born in Limestone County and graduated from East Limestone High School in 1964. He was drafted in 1966 and served in the Army Signal Corps for 3 years in units located in Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts and Germany. Prior to being drafted and then after his service, he worked at Southern Bell (now AT&T) in Huntsville and then through promotions moved to Birmingham where he retired in 1995. He moved back to Huntsville in 1995 working for Quantech until his final retirement in 2005. He loved his MOPAR’s and was an active member of the Birmingham MOPAR Car Club with his original 1965 Dodge Dart that he bought new in Birmingham. He found a 74 Dodge Challenger in Birmingham and continued to work on it over the years, changing the engine to a 440 and painting it Plum Crazy. Lennie was our President of the Tennessee Valley Mopar Club from 2004 until 2015. He was a Hot Rodder, at heart, and through the years he was involved in the street racing scene, organized drag racing and weekend show car events. He loved talking to people about cars and the complex mechanical issues with them. He was a perfectionist and loved to research issues on cars and how each item worked on a car. Lennie was a “go to” person if you were having a problem because he would research it and normally he could come up with a solution that fixed the issue. He loved to share the history of MOPARs. This was highlighted in 2013 when Lennie was invited to make a presentation on the history of MOPAR Muscle Cars at the University of Alabama Huntsville’s OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.
During Lennie’s Memorial Service, his son Jeremy described the five principles that Lennie lived his life by:
Number One – Honesty is the best policy
Number Two – We came here to work and serve others
Number Three – If a job is worth doing, then it needs to be done right the first time
Number Four – Lead, Follow or Get out of the way
Number Five – With tools and life there is a home for everything – orderly and logically laid out, clean and ready for use
Lennie, you will be missed for your leadership of the TVMC and friendship you provided to everyone you encountered — most of all your sage advice to all of us throughout the years.
GOD BLESS — GO MOPAR