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.