|Birth: ||Jul. 25, 1912|
|Death: ||Jun. 14, 1998|
Coleman Kelley Grubbs died June 14, 1998, at Plateau Valley Nursing Home, Collbran, CO.
He was born near Prattsville, AR, July 25, 1912, to David Andrew and Betty Grubbs. He married Zelma E. Ritchey Aug. 3, 1929. He moved his family to Pueblo, CO, where he learned to read blueprints and the skills of plumbing and pipe-fitting. He worked in building construction in many states. Local projects include construction of the V.A. Hospital and an addition to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. He moved his family to Idaho Falls in 1951, where he helped construct the plant where the Nuclear reactor that powered the Nautilus (the first atomic submarine) was built and tested.
Returning to Arkansas in 1952 to assist in the care of their aging parents, Coleman and Zelma lived at Alexander. He was employed by Alcoa Aluminum, prior to being employed by ARKLA Gas company in Little Rock, AR. He and his wife returned to Mesa, CO for their retirement.
Coleman was a gifted storyteller, and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends in his home. His stories inspired many of the poems his daughter Nona has written, recording his legacy for generations to come. His hobbies were hunting and fishing. He served as an Elder in the Valley Christian Church at Mesa. His generosity and love for people are the characteristics his family and friends will always treasure.
Dad was a storyteller.
I ranked him with the best.
He told stories to the folks who came
From North, South, East or West.
He told stories in the morning.
He told more late at night,
For Laughter was his music,
And smiles his great delight.
He rode the rails from sea to sea,
He'd been to Timbuktu.
He'd had adventures wild and free.
He'd share them all with you.
His favorites were the old ones...
A form of history.
His best and oft retold ones
Still captured you and me.
His voice would hold a softness
When speaking of his home,
For the family was his treasure
Wherever he did roam.
Now that his voice is silent,
I'll grieve 'til in my grave.
I'll miss my Daddy's stories,
And the pleasure that they gave.
by Nona Kelley Carver (daughter)
Zelma E Ritchey Grubbs (1914 - 2003)
Maintained by: Nona Kelley Carver
Originally Created by: Sunflower Lady
Record added: Jul 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39636106
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Remembering "poppa" :)|
Added: Nov. 19, 2012
My dear friend and Papa Grubbs. I will love you forever.|
Added: Jul. 19, 2009