Douglas Grubbe


Douglas Burdette Grubbe, 77, of Bemidji, MN passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the Bluebelle Event Venue at 4710 Jacks Rd NW near Bemidji, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji is assisting the family.

Doug was born November 20, 1943 in Holly, Michigan, the son of Harry and Margaret (Beck) Grubbe. He was raised and educated in Boyne City, MI, graduating from high school there in 1962. He attended Hillsdale College and then graduated from University of Michigan in Dearborn in 1966. He married Phyllis Sheridan on November 5, 1966 in Royal Oak, Michigan. He worked for the Ford Motor Company, was the Owner and Operator of Sapinero Trading Post, Blue Mesa Point and Kurt’s Sports Distributing, all located in Colorado. He retired in 1993. Retirement held various pastimes: Activity Director at Desert Shadows in Casa Grande, AZ, Hydration and Pizza Manager at the Bluebelle Event Venue in Bemidji and a caregiver to many.

Doug loved his family and lived a very full life. He was married to the love of his life, Phyllis, for 54 years. Doug and Phyllis raised their two daughters, Tamara and Tracie, with great joy and affection. Doug took immense pride in his country and loved the USA.

Doug loved to tell stories and joke with all who knew him. He always had a love for sports- he played high school and college football and high school basketball and baseball. He coached Tammie’s and Tracie’s youth basketball and softball teams and later helped coach football at Cedaredge High School, along with his grandson’s little league baseball team. He enjoyed many rounds of golf and racquetball games in his retirement and loved to spend time with his family while watching his grandson play hockey at the University of Arizona.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, completing puzzles, and cheering on the Denver Broncos. Doug was larger than life and was always a man of his word. His laughter could fill any room and he was truly everyone’s rock. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he was their biggest fan. He attended every game and performance. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis of Bemidji, MN, Daughter Tracie (Mark) Lusby of Bemidji, 3 grandchildren: Jessa (Zach) Solheim of Willmar, MN, Jaimee (Cody) Labernik of Bemidji, Joshua Lusby of Bemidji, and Great Grandson, Jhett Solheim of Willmar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Tamara Grubbe Petranovich, grandson Sean Petranovich, and brother Dennis Grubbe.

Memorials are preferred to the Special Olympics.

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