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L.R. "Jerry" Grubbs, 81, of McAlester, died Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at St. John's Medical Center in Tulsa.
The family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Bishop Funeral Home.
A private family burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. D. Scott Vandenheuvel officiating.
Jerry was born on November 2, 1936, in McAlester, to Lemuel and Helen (Kaiser) Grubbs. He graduated from McAlester High School in the Class of 1955, and continued his education at Eastern State College.
He entered the United States Navy in the late 1950s. Upon his discharge, he returned to college, graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State in 1963, earning his bachelor's degree.
He married Jan Stockton on November 26, 1961, in McAlester.
Jerry began working in the pharmaceutical industry as a pharmaceutical sales representative. Later he was the hospital representative and promoted to sales trainer in the home office of Squibb in Princeton, New Jersey. He later moved to Florida and accepted the position of division manager, retiring from Bristol Myers/Squibb in 1993.
In 1985, while in Florida, he completed his masters degree in business education. He was honored to be the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremonies.
Jerry and Jan returned to McAlester in 1994. He became the general secretary of the McAlester Scottish Rite and later the general secretary of the Tulsa Scottish Rite.
Once again retiring and returning to McAlester, he began working for Judge Tom Bartheld at the Pittsburg County Court House as court bailiff. He then accepted the position of interim general secretary at the McAlester Scottish Rite and retired in November 2017, retiring for the fifth time.
Jerry was very active in the community. He was an ordained elder of the First Presbyterian Church, past president of the McAlester Lions Club and vice president of the Burgundy Place board of directors as well as the American Red Cross Board. He also was the recorder for the Red Cross of Constantine and a member of the Royal Order of Scotland.
Jerry enjoyed playing golf, working with computers and enjoyed going to the Wellness Center.
It was said "If it flies, floats and had wheels, Jerry loved it." Jerry was known best for his beautiful smile and infectious laugh.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Jan, of the home; son, Ross Grubbs and wife, Melanie, of Fort Worth, Texas; grandson, Will Grubbs; sister, Susan Scheid and husband, Glen, of Tulsa; brother-in-law, Gary Tolbert, of McKinney, Texas; nephews and nieces, Matt Scheid, of Tulsa, Paige Bergen and husband, Brandon, and their children, Isaac and Matthew Bergen, all of Tulsa, Leslie Tolbert, of Plano, Texas, and Christopher Tolbert, of McKinney, Texas.
He is also survived by cousins, Jay Davis and wife, Gail, of Wichita, Kansas, Joan Welch and husband, Ted, of McAlester, Sandy Drake, Sharon Bolles, both of Sulphur, and Stacy Taylor, of Broken Arrow; numerous great-cousins, and his loving dog, Willow.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister-in-law, Shannon Tolbert.
The family request memorials be made to the McAlester Scottish Rite C&E Foundation or the First Presbyterian Church of McAlester.
Honorary pallbearers will be representatives of the Scottish Rite, Lions Club and the First Presbyterian Church.
Published on February 2, 2018
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