May 15, 2024

Donald Francis Crubel

Posted May 15, 2024 5:29 PM
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Donald Francis Crubel, age 87, of Manhattan, passes away peacefully on May 12, 2024, at Good Shepherd Hospice House.

He was born August 12, 1936, in Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, the son of Raymond and Pauline (Brewer) Crubel. He graduated from Bloomington High School, Bloomington, Wisconsin. Following high school, he started in the construction business with his father building post offices for the United States government in Wisconsin, moving to Iowa, then Missouri, and finally Manhattan, Kansas where Don took up permanent residence and established D & R Construction, building cabins around Tuttle Creek Lake.

In 1989, his sons Tracy and John entered the business as partners with him continuing to build a quality construction business with an excellent reputation in the Manhattan area community. He remained active in the construction industry until health issues forced his retirement in 2010.

On October 26, 1960, in Bloomington, Wisconsin, he was married to Sylvia Horstman, the love of his life. They had a wonderful marriage lasting 63 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John Crubel; one sister, Joan Downing; and one grandson, Brandon Crubel.

Survivors include his six children: Tracy Crubel and his wife Theresa of Manhattan, Angela Schultz and her husband Tim of Manhattan, John Crubel and his wife Peggy of Manhattan, Sharon Schmaderer and her husband Mike of Solomon, Donna Baker and her husband Rob of Tescott, Diane Hahn and her husband Nick of Wichita; one brother: Michael Crubel and his wife Rita of Manhattan; two sisters: Carolyn Gregov of Bradenton, Florida, and Mary Kay Brown and her husband Michael of Chapman; ten grandchildren: Rachel Carpenter (Lucas); Bethany Richard (Zachary), Amy Bell (Michael), Jessica Broderick (Jake), Samantha Robinovitz (Jared), Alexandra Cuadra (Matthew), Joshua Schmaderer (Erin), Trevor Baker (Nicole), Colin Baker (Savannah), Zachary Baker (Sevda); and 18 great grandchildren.

Mass of the Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2024, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Juliette and Pierre Streets, Manhattan, with Father Kerry Ninemire as Celebrant. Interment will be in Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Manhattan Catholic School. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.