Lauren W. Grubb was born on Sept. 10, 1943, the son of Arvin and Audrey (Rimmer) Grubb, at Mrs. Murphy's house in Kingsley.
Lauren attended school in Grand Meadow and Kingsley. He played on the Kurtz Baseball team in Union. Lauren was also involved in football, band, speech, drama, Student Council, and F.F.A. He was a member of the last graduating class of the Kingsley High School Bombers - the Class of 1961. Lauren attended Westmar College in Le Mars and then went on to IBM School in Omaha, Neb.
On Nov. 30, 1963, Lauren married his high school sweetheart, Patty Hughes, at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. They made their first home in Sioux City before moving to the family farm north of Kingsley during the blizzard of January 1975. Then in February 1984, when the family farm was sold, Lauren and Patty moved to town. This past April, Lauren and Patty moved to his parents' home on South Hill in Kingsley.
Lauren first worked at Collins Implement in Mapleton. He began his meat packing career at Sioux City Dressed Pork in 1963. After Armour's closed, Lauren worked for Bainbridge Locker, Hagan's DX, and the City of Kingsley.
While they lived on the family farm, Lauren also worked alongside Arlo on the family farm in the evenings and on the weekends. Up until his death, he was employed by Plymouth County, where he worked for nearly 18 years.
On July 1, 1979, Lauren and Patty purchased The Flower Nook in Kingsley. While they owned the flower shop for 18 years, the Grubbs served on various committees for the Kingsley Community Service Club, now referred to as the Kingsley Chamber of Commerce.
In 1984, Lauren joined the Kingsley Fire Department (KFD). He was the assistant fire chief for 12 years and a storm spotter. Most important to Lauren was the fact that three generations of the Grubb family served on the KFD.
To Lauren, there were three seasons -- gardening, football, and hunting. Lauren worked tirelessly in the garden. In the fall, Lauren used to park cars at home Kingsley-Pierson (K-P) football games before joining the K-P Chain Gang. Each June, he enjoyed hunting prairie dogs in South Dakota with family and friends and every December, hunting deer during the second shotgun season.
Lauren's greatest joy came from spending time with his beloved wife, their family, and friends. Lauren and Patty treasured "date night," whether running errands or enjoying a quiet dinner. They took great pride in their children's and grandchildren's accomplishments, traveling near and far, going to concerts and sporting events. The door of their home was always open to family and friends.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 48 years, Patty; his four children and their spouses, Lisa and Paul (Grizz) Niebuhr of Le Mars, Laura and Dierk Breytspraak, Tom and Melissa Grubb, Jerry and Amy Grubb, all of Kingsley; his seven grandchildren include Elias, Elisabeth and Evan Niebuhr of Le Mars, Kyle Grubb, Aaron Grubb, Austin and Jon Grubb, all of Kingsley. He will also be remembered by his brother, Lyle, of Marathon, and an uncle and aunt, Ken and Hope Rimmer, of Spirit Lake, and numerous cousins.
Lauren was preceded in death by his father, Arvin Grubb, who died when Lauren was 12 years old; his mother, Audrey (Rimmer) Grubb, who died Oct. 19, 2010; and his step-father, Arlo Grubb, who passed away on November 28, 2011.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Kingsley United Methodist Church with Pastor Karen Garrison officiating. Interment will be at the Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kingsley United Methodist Church with a 7 p.m. prayer service Sunday evening at the church. Visitation will continue Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Pallbearers will be Keith Rimmer, Mike Grabe, Brad Grabe, Dan Meister, Mark Meister, and Roger Campbell. Honorary casket bearers will be "The Hunters" and past and present members of the Kingsley Volunteer Fire Department.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.