William Elmer Grabbe Sr., 73, of Galva, died peacefully at 8:30 PM, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center in Galesburg.A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, August 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family.
He was born March 7, 1940 in Buda, IL, the son of Theodore and Lucille (Maynard) Grabbe. He married Georgia Ann Perry on April 16, 1961 at Grace United Methodist Church in Galva. Survivors include his loving wife, Georgia, his son, William (Cheri) Grabbe Jr. of Galva, a grandson, Patrick (Kotalina) Grabbe of Galva and a great grandson, Nathan Grabbe. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, Cecil, Theodore, Richard, Lucille, John and Anna.
Bill will be remembered as an honest hardworking man and for his passion of working on tractors, hanging out in his garage with his friends and most of all, his love for his family and friends.