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Donald “Putt” Grabow

Posted August 26, 2013 in Obituaries, Johnston

July 7, 1929 – August 22, 2013

Donald Grabow

Donald Grabow

Donald James Grabow, 84, died on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 30 at Our Lady of Peace Chapel at Bishop Drumm Care Center, 5837 Winwood Drive in Johnston. Mass of Christian Burial follows visitation at 9:30 a.m. Burial and military honors at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Donald was born on July 7, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and owned Grabow’s Car Wash and All Auto Parts in Omaha. He retired to Arizona prior to moving to Des Moines in 2008. He enjoyed boating, cooking and tinkering with his automobiles.

Donald is survived by his wife, Robin (Hallquist); daughters Kristine Hampshire of Blue Springs, MO and Kim (Tom) Donaldson of Johnston, IA; five grandchildren Sara (Andrew) McGulliard, Katie (Grant) Monnig, Zach Scoville, Matt (Holly) Donaldson, Mikaela Donaldson; and a great-grandchild Tyler Angermayer. He was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth E. Grabow; son Kevin Scoville; parents Arthur and Elsie (Probst) Grabow; and brothers Cliff, Dick, Joe, Bob and Bernie Grabow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bishop Drumm Care Center or Alzheimer’s Association-Iowa Chapter. Online condolences may be shared at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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