Elmer Grubbs Jr.


LAKIN — Elmer Grubbs Jr., 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses.

LAKIN — Elmer Grubbs Jr., 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses.

He was born Jan. 31, 1931, in Hopkins County, Texas, to Elmer and Flossie Wesson Grubbs.

On March 27, 1951, he married Mary Miiller in Lakin.

He and his parents and sister performed as the "Sulpher Springs Hillbillies" for area dances and on the local radio station. In the late 1940s he moved to Lakin and worked for area farmers, Colorado Interstate Gas, Ford Garage, Melvin's Repair and Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas. Then he and his wife owned and operated Grubbs Repair for 41 years. For more than 30 years, he and his wife played in various bands performing at nursing homes, senior centers and numerous school and community events.

In addition to music, Mr. Grubbs enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events, gardening, fishing, hunting and playing dominoes. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Sounds Of Country, Kearny County Roadrunners, Finney County Fiddlers and Pickers and for several years served as vice president of the Lakin Chapter of the Kansas Oldtime Fiddlers and Pickers.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four children, Mary and Harold Lang of Overbrook, Patsy Hough of Price, Utah, Dennis Grubbs and friend Brenda Palmer of Lakin, and Julie and Robbie McCombs of Lakin; a daughter-in-law, Helen Grubbs of Lakin; a brother, Kenneth Grubbs of Sulpher Springs, Texas; two sisters, Ralphie Harrod of Yantis, Texas, and Peggy Gamblin of De Sota, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Elmer Edward Grubbs; a sister, Shirley Orr; and a brother, Nolan Wesson Grubbs.

Vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin. Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be at Lakin Cemetery.

Visitation hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Condolences may be emailed to garnandfh@sbcglobal.net. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association or St. Anthony Catholic Church, both in care of the funeral home, Box 91, Lakin, KS 67860.

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