Donald E. Grubb


Donald E. Grubb, 80, of Buda, Ill., passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at Banner Ironwood Hospital, Queen Creek, Arizona after a four-week battle with Covid-19.

He was born April 8, 1940 in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Robert and Guida (Abbot) Grubb.

Don married Arlene "Arkie" Groenhagen on May 20, 1989 in Princeton, Ill. She survives.

Also surviving is one daughter: Pamela (Scott) Danielson of Rogers, Minnesota; two sons: Brian (Suzy) Grubb of Sharon Springs, New York and Christopher (Heather) Grubb of Milton, Georgia; four step-children: Tracy (Karl) Walk of North Lake, Texas, Todd (Mary) DeVries of Stillman Valley, Illinois, Terri DeVries of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Tim (Laurie) DeVries of Stillman Valley; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister: Janet (Jack) Becker of Princeton, Illinois; two brothers: Dr. Richard (Audrey) Grubb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Dr. Stephen (Lisa) Grubb of Amado, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister: Cheryl Dykstra; one brother: Stanley Grubb; and one great-grandson, Titus Schaefer.

Don graduated from Buda High School with the Class of 1958.

He was a lifelong farmer in Bureau County. He was involved in many farm organizations and was named Prairie Farmer Master Farmer in 1988.  

He was also on the board of directors for Citizens First National Bank of Princeton. He was a member of Bunker Hill Church of God in Buda where he served on the church board for several years.

Don enjoyed riding horses. including trail rides and wagon rides. He could often be found working in his woodshop.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Bunker Hill Church, Buda. Immediately following the service will be a time for fellowship and desserts. Memorials may be directed to Bunker Hill Church, Buda or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to