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Glover Grubaugh

Glover Porter Grubaugh (Col. USAF Ret.), age 94, and a 41-year Davis resident, died on May 19th at his Davis home. He will be buried at Davis Cemetery next to Maxine, his wife of almost 58 years, who died in July 2003. Services will be held at 1 pm, June 1 at the Davis Cemetary, 820 Pole Line Road. Glover has been a Davis resident since 1969, moving here after retirement from Travis AFB where he served as Director of Logistics of the 22nd Air Force, headquartered at Travis. He served a long and distinguished career with the Air Force and is a veteran of World War II as well as the Korean and Viet Nam Wars.

He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Grubaugh of San Francisco, Vicki Miller and her husband Don of Novato; a son, Bill and his wife Claudia of San Francisco, and two granddaughters, Elena and Zoe Miller. He is also survived by two sisters, Nedra Altier and Betheen Grubaugh, both of Ohio, and a brother, Kenneth of Davis, numerous nephews, nieces and extended family. Two other brothers, Boyd (Dan) Lee and Beryl, preceded him in death.

Glover was born February 20, 1916 in Van Wert, Ohio, the first son, second child, of William and Ada Grubaugh. He grew up in that community, attended school there, and completed college at Bluffton, Ohio, where he earned a teaching credential. He taught high school in Lucky, Ohio, but his teaching career was cut short with the advent of WW II. He joined the Army Air Corps, went through pilot training and served as a transport pilot in England. He participated in the D-Day invasion and in General Pattons advance across Europe. He was awarded numerous decorations and citations for personal valor.

When the war ended he was sent to Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, and soon after met his wife Maxine, of Houston, Texas. They were married September 6, 1945. Assignments followed as Director of Maintenance at McClellan AFB, California and then Director of Logistics at Tachikawa AFB, Tokyo, Japan. On return to the states he served as Director of Maintenance at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, Texas.

During the early days of the Viet Nam conflict, he was assigned as Director of Logistics at Clark AFB, Philippines. This was followed by a brief tour as Director of Logistics at Scott AFB, Illinois, St. Louis, and the final posting to Travis AFB. He was awarded numerous decorations and citations for management expertise during his long career including the Distinguished Service Medal, the nations second highest honor.

Upon retirement, Glover earned an MBA from Golden Gate University and resumed his teaching career. He taught for 15 years at Winters High School,where he also served as a sports coach. He then went on to teach business classes at Golden Gate University, Sacramento State University and Sacramento City College.

Col. Grubaugh was a well-known, respected and supportive member of the Davis community. He was dearly loved by family and friends, and his gracious, generous and loving spirit will be missed.

The family requests that memorial gifts be sent to a charity of your choice.

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Thank you all for telling us of what Dad meant (awesome Teacher) and (did -swipe more doughnuts, and get into trouble) for you. Over the many years we've heard stories, and for many years forward will retell these stories. Thank you dearly, Bill

Bill Grubaugh Dec 31 2010 12:00 AM

Melissa, Bill and Vickie: I have so many special memories of both of your parents from my youth. I always felt a special bond between my father and your Dad, and it made me feel close to him and your family. He was a wonderful person who will be missed by so many. The memorial service was very moving and very befitting of the pilot who had "savored the flight" all of his life...Jim

James Grubaugh Jun 7 2010 12:00 AM

I remember Mr. Grubaugh when he was teaching at Winters High School.(1973-1977) He was not only my drivers ed teacher, but also taught me how to do long division and mulitplication in my head. He was always patient with me and was always willing to take the extra time to make sure I learned to drive. After high school, whenever I saw him in public, he was happy to see me and asked how I was. He remembered us all I think. I want to thank you for such a wonderful father, brother and friend.

Katrina Jordan Jun 2 2010 12:00 AM

We will always have fond memories learning. You made class interesting. Richard & Denise Clark

Richard Clark Jun 1 2010 12:00 AM

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Grubaugh. I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Grubaugh was my Clerical Math and Accounting teacher at Winters High School in the 70's and he was truly the best. His dedication to his students was unsurpassed. I have such fond memories of him and will always remember his great smile. Sincerely, Jennifer

Jennifer Franke Mathews May 29 2010 12:00 AM

Glover and I were so near the same age that I remember that we seemed to find some trouble to get into anytime we could get together. Example: Aunt Ada was baking donuts for Sunday dinner and she gave each of us one and ran us out of the kitchen. We sneaked back for a second donut and got caught. Aunt Ada was VERY firm in her response. duane

Duane McSmith May 28 2010 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear about Glover's passing away. I always had enjoyed working with him at the Winters High School and I will always remember him attending my wedding in 1986. I have very fond memories of him, he was a very special kind of guy. Dale Brewer Winters, Ca

Dale Brewer May 26 2010 12:00 AM

Glover was a very gracious gentleman whom we admired and loved dearly. We always looked forward to a visit with him, as well as Maxine when she was still living, any time we visited the Davis community. Our sincere sympathy to the family.

Les and Jan Hurst May 26 2010 12:00 AM

Glover--you will missed by many, including all of our family. We all appreciated your wisdom and sense of humor. I will always find myself looking for you at Davis Lumber, where we'd both be shopping and you'd always give me great advice. Our best wishes to the Grubaugh family. Chuck, Zoila, Maria, Sammy

Chuck Walker May 25 2010 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Grubaugh family. Glover and Maxine lived across the street from my parents and were wonderful neighbors. And when my father was ill, Glover was so very helpful - a kind and generous man. Our family is grateful for all that he did. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Jan Sterling May 25 2010 12:00 AM

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