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Bernard Grubbs

August 24, 1931 — October 15, 2021

Bernard Grubbs

Bernard Grubbs, 90, of Adair, Iowa passed away Friday morning, October 15, 2021, at Creston Specialty Care in Creston, Iowa.

Bernard Grubbs was born August 24, 1931, in rural Berkley, Iowa, to Allen and Clara (Fries) Grubbs. He attended Adair School until his sophomore year at which time he left school to help on the family farm.

He married Marjorie Kirchhoff on March 2, 1952, in the Methodist Parsonage in Lewis. Following their marriage, Bernard and Marjorie lived south of Adair and two years later moved north of Atlantic. His Adair roots kept calling and in 1958 they returned to their current home south of Adair. Marjorie passed away in 2007, and in 2008 he married Dorothy Baxter. After Dorothy’s passing Bernard lived at home until he was hospitalized a month before he passed.

Bernard was a full-time farmer and father. He delivered mail, raised cattle, hogs, and one milk cow. Throughout Bernard’s life he enjoyed fishing, hunting, attending his children’s sporting events, farm auctions, church bazaars, going to fairs, playing cards, boating, dining out, family get-togethers, and talking with people he’d pass by. In recent years, he was often found sitting in his chair with a toothpick in his mouth and reading the paper while ignoring the loud television. His trade mark for food was salt, salt, and more salt and often mentioned the food was dry. He especially enjoyed spending time with his large family which consists of 9 children, 24 grandchildren, and 37 great grandchildren.

Bernard is survived by his son, Darwin (Peggy) Grubbs of Adair and their children Dari Grubbs and her children Darvon, Tyson, & Hogan, Kari (Robb) Sneller and their children Rylie, Aiden, Ava & Jesse (Jessica) Grubbs and their children Granger & Greta.

Son, Myron (Becky) Grubbs of Adair and their children Michelle (Jesse) Adams and their children Ian & Cora, Melanie (Bruce) Kempf and their daughters Ellison & Blaire, and Monica (Bryant) Blay and their children Berkley, Corbin & Payton.

Daughter, Marlene (Randy) Huss of Adair and their children Travis (Stacy) Huss and their daughters Jerzee & Brystol, Stacy (Jon) Richter and their children Mersadez, Carter & Camdyn, and Toni (Aaron) Robbins and their daughters Gracyn & Aryanne.

Daughter, Sharlene (Terry) Magill of Red Oak and their children Shanon (Bryan) Knaus and their children Cole & Brynn, Terence Magill and his children Zane & Owen, Tristan (Crystal) Magill, Mick Magill, and Nick (Chelsee) Magill and their children, Mykinzie & Max.

Son, Boyd (Cindy) Grubbs of Adair and their children Joe (Kathlene) Grubbs and their children Evan & Kelsey, Joshua (Nicole) Grubbs and their children Bryant, Alexis, & Brooklyn, James Grubbs (friend Alannah Olson) and Jenna Grubbs.

Son, Rodney (Connie) Grubbs of Casey and their children Joelle, Tatum, & Quinn.

Son, Leland (Joanie) Grubbs of Adair and their children Samantha (Josh) Brown and their children Abigail, Garrett & Avery; Austin and Naomi.

Daughter, Lorene Grubbs (friend Brian Rumple) of Casey.

Brother, LaVerne Grubbs; sister-in-law, Connie Kirchhoff; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marjorie; daughter, Jolene; infant great-grandson, Anthony; his second wife, Dorothy; his siblings, Raymond & Margaleen Grubbs, Eldon Grubbs, Merle & LaRue Grubbs, Geraldine Grubbs, Freda & Clifford Thomas, Richard & Kay Grubbs and Annabelle Grubbs; and his in-laws, Glen & Dorothy Wedemeyer, Lloyd Kirchhoff and LaVerne Kirchhoff.

Open visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 22, 2021, at Roland Funeral Home followed by visitation with the family present from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the Canby Friends Church, southeast of Adair. Burial will be in the Canby Cemetery. The service will be recorded and available on the funeral home website by noon on Monday.

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