William “Bill” Grube, 71, North Manchester, lost his battle with colon cancer and passed away at 9:29 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021, at Goshen Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 31, 1949, to Willard Leroy and Marjorie Jean (Dixon) Grube in Wabash. On March 11, 1972, he married the love of his life Bette J. (B.J.) Reed Grube and they were wed for 48, almost 49 years. His memory will be forever honored by his daughter, Emma J. Grube Huguenard and son-in-law, Steven Huguenard II and his three grandsons: Dalton M. Day and wife Kristiania, Patrick “Alex” Day, and Christian M. Huguenard. He was blessed to know and love his only great grandson, Remus A. Day. He had three siblings Jerry (Sandy) E. Grube, S. Whitley, Arden R. (Pam) Grube, Huntington, and Ronda L. (Craig) Sroufe, S. Whitley. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Arden. He had two brothers-in-law, James A. (Linda) Reed, Ft. Myers FL, Dan (Kathy) Bilodeau, Kokomo, and one sister-in-law, Nancy J. Reed, N. Manchester. One sister-in-law, Cathy A. Bilodeau is deceased.
He spent the majority of his working career driving over-the-road semi-truck, and delivering air freight. He won numerous safe driving awards throughout his career. Most recently, he was a field Inspector for First Federal Bank in Rochester. In earlier years, he was a County Solid Waste Director, a police dispatcher, a police officer, and a volunteer fireman.
When Bill wasn’t working, he loved to attend Sprint car races, car auctions and estate sales, listen to oldies ‘60s music, and endlessly watch James Bond movies. He loved good conversation with everyone he met and never knew a stranger. He rescued several Boston Terrier dogs over the years and delighted in his latest one, Brody.
Bill was a believer in Jesus Christ, his Savior, and was a former member of Manchester Bible Church. His prayer for his family and friends is to know Christ as their Savior and live their life according to God’s Holy Word.
Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the Wabash County Cancer Society. Their support was invaluable in his cancer journey. Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary.
There will be no service at this time due to the COVID-19 virus with a private service to be held at a later date.