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Earl D. Grubaugh

March 26, 1930 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Earl Grubaugh Obituary

Earl Dale Grubaugh of Steelville, MO, was born on Wednesday, March 26, 1930, in Welfleet, NE to Benjamin Franklin Grubaugh and Martha Gertrude Grubaugh, nee McKellips. He passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at the age of 93 years, 9 months, and 19 days.

Earl moved from Nebraska to Missouri when he was young. He attended and graduated from Nixa High School where he played basketball and baseball and even set a single school record for homeruns in one season. He enlisted into the United States Army after high school and served as a paratrooper during the Korean War. Earl had met his future bride, Christene Carr, at Cook Station School, introduced by brother Don, and corresponded with her during his time of service. They married on October 10, 1953 in St. Louis, MO and to this union three children were born.

After the service, Earl worked at CB & Q Railroad for a short while and then Wurdack Farms for approximately 18 months. In November of 1955, he and Christene moved to McCreedy, MO and he worked on a sheep and hog farm for Howard Doane for 4 years. He went to work for CV Ranch with cattle and horses and then went back to Wurdack Farms for the next 9 years. He was working there when Mr. Wurdack donated the farm to the University of Missouri. After moving back to Steelville, Earl began working as a carpenter for Belhman Brothers Construction, 5 years for Benchmark Construction, and then 9 years for McBride and Son Construction. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union for 30 plus years.

After retiring from the St. Louis companies, Earl started his own construction firm, Grubaugh Builders. He helped set up and build churches in several states with Truss and Obey Baptist Builders. He also built the Baptist Retreat Center in Steelville, MO alongside Floyd Reed. He was a deacon at Wesco Baptist Church and then at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Through the years, he was a member of the Kiwanis and Civic Club, a catcher on a fastpitch softball travel league, a coach and umpire for Little League Baseball, a farrier, and the “horse whisperer” of Cook Station. He was known to have broken 9 colts to lead one morning before noon. Earl was an avid coon hunter, President of the Crawford County Coon Club for multiple years and they held a yearly benefit for The Shriners for multiple years with all proceeds going to Shriners.  He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and playing dominoes during the holidays. Earl loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Christene Grubaugh; parents Benjamin and Martha Gertrude Grubaugh; parents-in-law Alva “Homer” and Millie (Litty) Carr; brothers Henry (Nadine) Grubaugh, Matthew (Lou) Grubaugh, Wayne (Eloise) Grubaugh, and Benjamin (Peggy) Grubaugh; sisters Nellie (Chester) Griffith, Anna (Ike) Steck, Dollie (Bob) Woods; sisters-in-law Jane Grubaugh, Josephine Grubaugh, Lois (Harry) Missey, Judy (Tom) Worley and Jeanie Carr; brothers-in-law Thomas Carr, Gene (Nadene) Hogue, and Gary Dillingham; and son-in-law Larry Adams.

Earl is survived by his children Keith (Leesa) Grubaugh of Lockwood, MO, Nancy Adams and Hal Wesley Grubaugh both of Steelville, MO; brothers Donald Grubaugh of Mt. Vernon, MO, William Grubaugh of Steelville, MO and Bernard (Linda) Grubaugh of Willard, MO; sisters-in-law Jane Dillingham of Steelville, MO and Sharon Carr of Rolla, MO; brother-in-law William Carr of Sullivan, MO; grandchildren Nick (Becky) Adams and Ty Adams all of Steelville, MO, Kyle (Jessica) Grubaugh of Ozark, MO and Ashlee (Jessica) Menendez of Phoenix, AZ; great grandchildren Copeland Grubaugh, Carter Grubaugh, and Moxon Bo Grubaugh all of Ozark, MO, Emerson Menendez and Emmalynn Menendez both of Phoenix, AZ, Timber Adams and Cole Adams both of Steelville, MO; special family members Timmy (Amy) Wilkinson, Gunner Wilkinson, and Fawn Wilkinson all of Steelville, MO, and Madison Wilkinson of Columbia, MO; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

Visitation was from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, MO.  Funeral Service was at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the Meramec Baptist Retreat Center, 243 Highway AA, Steelville, MO with Rev. Don Wissmann and Rev. Dale Grubaugh officiating. Burial was at Carr Cemetery in Cook Station, MO with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials were suggested to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Meramec Baptist Retreat Center, or to Wesco Baptist Scholarship in Bolivar, MO.

Arrangements under the direction of Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, MO.

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January 19, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hutson Funeral Home (Steelville)
601 West Main Street
Steelville, MO 65565

Funeral Service
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM
Meramec Baptist Retreat Center
243 Hwy AA
Steelville, MO 65565


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