Russell L. Grubb, 98, of Council Bluffs, formerly of Kingsley, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Alegent Health-Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.
Russell Lowell Grubb was born Dec. 22, 1912, in Kingsley, one of five children born to John B. and Violet May (Toothman) Grubb. He attended primary school in Henry Township #9 and later graduated from Kingsley High School. Russell continued his education at Chillicothe (Missouri) Business College. He earned his associate's degree and took a position in Chicago, Ill.
Russell enlisted in the United States Army while living in Chicago. He proudly served his country during World War II in the North African Theater. He attained the rank of Tech Sergeant prior to earning his honorable discharge.
After the war, Russell made Sioux City his home where he worked for a brief time at a meat packing plant. He then returned to Kingsley to work the family farm in Elkhorn Township.
Russell met Augusta E. (McEvoy) McConnell on a trip in the Pacific Northwest. They later married on Nov. 27, 1976, at Holy Family Church in Council Bluffs. Russell and Augusta made their home on the Grubb family farm. Russell retired from farming at the age of 76. He and Augusta moved to Council Bluffs to be closer to her family.
Russell was an avid golfer and made two holes-in-one during his lifetime. He enjoyed traveling and spent winters with Augusta in Arizona. Russell was also an avid sports fan and followed the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Vikings.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Augusta of Council Bluffs; a step-son, Richard McConnell of Omaha, Neb.; a step-daughter, Patricia (Harold) Cox of Council Bluffs; three step-grandchildren, Harold Cox II of Omaha, Neb., Richard Cox of Council Bluffs, and Jayne (Joe) Zitek of Council Bluffs; four step-great-grandchildren, Kimberly and Trenton Cox, Michael and Bradlee Zitek; two sisters, Inez Preston of Marceline, Mo., and Verna Jaacks of Kingsley; two brothers, Vernon "Dale" (Nancy) Grubb and Harlan "Joe" (Vivian) Grubb, both of Kingsley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Kingsley. The Rev. Bob Blair will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Johnson - Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m. to greet friends. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service.
Stories, memories and expression of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.