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Delbert Gribben

Delbert Howard Gribben

Monday, November 15th, 1926 - Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
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Delbert Howard Gribben, 92, of rural Ashland, passed away Tuesday evening, April 30, 2019 at University Hospital Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland.
He was born in Ashland, Ohio on November 15, 1926 to the late William Jennings Bryon and Treva (Plank) Gribben and had been a resident of Ashland County all his life.
He was a veteran of the United states Navy serving during World War II.
He worked for Faultless Rubber Company/Abbot Labs, as a supervisor, for 35 years retiring in 1982, all while operating his own farm in Orange Township.
He was a member of the McElroy Road Church of Christ in Mansfield and the adult Sunday School Class at the church. He was also a member of the Harry Higgins Post #88 of the American Legion in Ashland, the Ashland Yesteryear Machinery Club, a past president of the Mapleton Boosters Club, and had served as an Orange Township Trustee for eight years.
Delbert enjoyed working on machinery, operating his own farm and attending the sporting events of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
On September 21, 1947, in Greenup, Kentucky, he was married to Portia Elaine Arnold, and the couple celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in 2018.
He is survived by his wife Portia Gribben of Ashland; Children, James (Pam) Gribben of Ashland; Sheila Gribben of Ashland; William (Ellen) Gribben of Jeromesville; Sharon (Tim) Myers of Ashland; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his son-in-law, Jonathan Ekey of Ashland; two sisters, Loretha Kline of Polk; Mary Lou (Larry) Rogers of Ashland; a brother, Richard (Donna) Gribben of Ashland; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Gribben of Ashland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Shirley Ann Ekey, a brother Gerald Gribben and brother-in-law, Kenneth Kline.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Dean Jackson, minister officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be in the Ashland County Memorial Park. Friends may call on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the McElroy Road Church of Christ, 297 N. McElroy Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44905.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 5th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, May 5th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home 313 Center St. Ashland, Ohio 44805
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Interment

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 12:30pm
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    Address Not Available
    ashland, OH 44805
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Karen Hawley

Posted at 04:06pm
Our deepest sympathy to all the Gribben family. I always looked forward to sitting down close to where Uncle Delbert would be telling his interesting stories, especially how he "happened" to sign up for the Navy! He was a supervisor over Dean's mom at work and she spoke highly of him too. Health issues keep Dean and I from attending but we are holding you all close to our hearts.
Dean and Karen Conwell Hawley

The Fothergill and Hoffman Families

Posted at 10:11am
Tana and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
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Sarah Keffer Cline

Posted at 08:55am
My sincerest condolences to your entire family. My dad worked with Delbert and I remember him thinking so highly of him. I’m sure they’re in heaven reminiscing about their times together. Thoughts and prayers to you all. May your memories give you comfort.

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Posted at 09:02am
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Joe Kessler

Posted at 07:03pm
Condolences to the Gribben family. I was fortunate to work with Delbert at Abbott in Ashland for several years and it was always just a pleasure to be around him. I loved his dry sense of humor and the slightly mischievous grin was always a welcome sight. I used to see the Gribbens at the Lyn Way, from time to time and it was always a pleasurable visit. Rest in peace, my friend.

Joe Kessler

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