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Donald Francis Hrubes

January 1, 1940 - October 28, 2017
From: Spencer, IA
Donald Francis Hrubes

Donald Francis Hrubes

Born: January 1, 1940
Died: October 28, 2017
Age: 77

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     Donald Francis Hrubes, 77 years old, was born January 1, 1940 in Britt, IA, and was the eldest son of Frank and Alice (Rokos) Hrubes. He was baptized at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan and grew up on a farm close to his large extended family in rural Britt, IA. Don started school at a one-room country schoolhouse near his home that served the Bohemian community. His first language was Bohemian and English was his second language. He learned to farm working with his father and always loved the land and farming. Don graduated from Garner High School and took a refrigeration course after graduation. He was a jack of all trades and worked at a variety of jobs in the farming off-season but always intended to take over the farm. He loved being social and owned a speed boat with a number of friends and enjoyed many hours on Iowa Lakes.

      One of his joys was music and dancing. At one fateful dance, he met a teacher originally from Wesley and Donna Bleich captured his heart. After a whirlwind courtship, they married ten months later on August 11, 1969, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Wesley, IA. He moved to Spencer, Iowa, where she had a new counseling job and they lived in Spencer for the remainder of their lives. Their three children: Debbie, Diane and Daniel were born and raised in Spencer.

     The most important things in his life were his family and his faith. He cooked all the weeknight meals for his family, played board games on Sunday, and took his turns tucking in his children and reading them stories at night. He was kind and thoughtful and birthdays always included flowers, cake and sometimes a balloon. If you were sick, he made soup or something special. If it needed fixed, he took care of it. His children didn’t learn how to drive without learning how to fix the car. He and his wife modeled what a loving relationship should look like and the house was filled with love and laughter.

     He was a lifelong Catholic and sent all his children to Sacred Heart School and is currently sponsoring his grandson Eli’s education at St. Francis Catholic School, West Des Moines, IA. He provided an example of lifelong service and hard work. He cleared numerous snowy driveways for the past 30 years and in retirement mowed a number of lawns in the summer. He only gave up the business two weeks ago.

     During his work career, Don worked at Globe Machinery and Supply and eventually became a salesman. He also worked at Tiffco, Lefkow Supply, and Briggs Supply. His last job was at the Everly School District in maintenance. He loved working with students and teachers. During his retirement, he continued to consult and stay busy using his knowledge from all his previous experiences. After his wife’s death, he continued to care for grandson Curt and would care for him when he wasn’t in school. He was a 4th Degree in the Knight of Columbus and was active in the Lions Club since he moved to town. He made many friends over the years in everything he did and everywhere he went.

     He died October 28, 2017 in hospice care at Spencer Hospital. He is survived and missed greatly by: daughters Debbie (Alan) Hummel of West Des Moines, and Diane (Patrick) Rohan of Ruthven and son Dan Hrubes of Spencer; grandsons Elijah Hummel and Curt Rohan; a sister Sr. Janet Hrubes, SSF; brother-in-laws Dick (Judy) Bleich and Vern Olson; sister-in-law Rosemary Bleich; uncle Clarence Hrubes; aunt Leona Hrubes, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Donna, his parents, brother-in-law and sister-in-law as well as numerous aunts and uncles. 

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 3, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spencer, Iowa.
Father William Schreiber
Wayne Kudej
Don Schmidt
Patrick Rohan
Alan Hummel
Vance Frommie
Ivor Reuter
Denny Petersen
Russ Hitchcock

Honorary Bearers
Elijah Hummel
Curt Rohan
Visitation will begin 4:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2, with the family present 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.  A Rosary will be held at 4:30, and a Vigil service at 5:00.

Organist - Laurie Ruden
Cantor - Mary Ann Bohnenkamp
"Amazing Grace: My Chains Are Gone"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"The Lord Is My Light"
"Prayer Of St. Francis"
"Give Me Jesus"
"The Hand Of God Shall Hold You"

Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:37 PM
“Sorry for your loss! Prayers to you and your family!”
- Amy Ditsworth Gronemeyer
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 8:01 AM
“Hrubes Kids: We're so sorry for the loss of your daddy. I'm so glad you could be with him and love him into Jesus' arms. BIG HUGS! ”
- Susan & Tim Christensen
Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1:05 PM
“It is with sadness that Judy and I learned of Don's passiong. He will be missed at our coffee group where his friendship and "fix it " wisdom was awlays enjoyed. ”
- Tony Van Helden
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 8:49 PM
“To Don's Family.. My heart cannot express my feelings of sympathy enough. Don was a wonderful person who lived every day with kindness and the gentleness of a saint. He was always doing for others and I know how much he loved his family.
I will always remember the numerous times he would pick me up at at the dorm of Morningside College in Sioux City to take me out to dinner when he was in the city, to give me a break from dorm food and my studies. Don was so giving and so thoughtful.
I am not able to be at his funeral but please now my prayers and thoughts are with you. May God Bless and embrace your souls.
Love, Cousin Judy (Kudej) Hubler”
- Judy Hubler
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 2:49 PM
“Sending thoughts and prayers for your family in the days and weeks ahead. Peace & Love. ”
- Kim (Anderson) Taylor
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 5:23 PM
“Sr. Jan and family, my love and prayers are with you.”
- Venita Kalnicky
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:52 AM
“Sending prayers your way at this very hard time .”
- Loren & Rhonda Remillard
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:52 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about Don. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Denny and Kaye Price”
- Dennis and Kaye Price
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 9:09 PM
“Diane, I am sorry about the loss of your father. Prayers for you and your family.”
- Brenda Griffin
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:29 PM
“Diane and family, I am very sorry for the loss of your dad. I remember working with you at Lincoln and you talking about him. He was blessed by each of you. I pray you know God's peace and comfort. With you in sorrow, Cheryl L. Hessenius”
- Cheryl Hessenius
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 4:26 PM
“Sorry to hear about Don's passing. Always enjoyed talking with him at Physical Rehab at the hospital. ”
- Steve Hall
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 8:01 AM
“My heart goes out to all of you. He loved you all as I know you loved him. Deepest sympathy. ”
- Melissa Sinclair
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 8:01 AM
“Your parents had a way of always making me feel loved and included. Your dad was truly a special man whose love for his family was so evident. Keeping all of you in my prayers.”
- Cristin Ziegler
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:51 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing, we had some nice chats while he was the janitor at CCE. May you hold tight to all your memories!”
- Liz Boernsen Norgaard
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:27 PM
“We send our prayers and thoughts to all of you. Your dear Dad was such a great man. You are all proof of your wonderful parents.”
- Ed and Bonnie Veth
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:27 PM
“Sister Jan and all, Be assured that the prayers and care of all of us Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque are with you and your loved ones at this time. Our faith tells us that even though we no longer have our dear ones here physically, that they live on in the FULLNESS OF LIFE and JOY and PEACE forever! Yes, they live on in heaven and in our hearts forever...... We entrust them to the Lord.”
- Sr. Carole Freking, OSF
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 5:56 PM
“Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Suzette Hrubes
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4:01 PM
“We are sorry for your loss of your father. Don was a very good neighbor we always enjoyed talking with him. You couldn't ask for better neighbor or friend he will be miss. God Bless your families. ”
- Greg Foote and Cindy Evans
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3:27 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. We are still sending prayers everyday. Don will be greatly missed by many. ”
- Essing Family
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 12:36 PM
“So sorry for your loss Deb. I have many fond memories of your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Shayla Drumm
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 10:23 AM
“Deb, Diane, and Dan, please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your dear father. May memories sustain you. Donna and Don were such wonderful friends to me. We had a blessed relationship. Your parents were the best. Love and prayers”
- Judy Johnson
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