Ina I. Grebe
Date of Birth
December 8, 1929
Ashland, Nebraka
Entered into Rest
August 30, 2019
Lincoln, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Friday, September 6, 2019 ~ 11:00 a.m.
First Evangelical Covenant Church ~ Lincoln, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Thursday, September 5, 2019 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Friday, September 6, 2019 ~ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
First Evangelical Covenant Church ~ Lincoln, Nebraska


Tabitha Health, Peoples City Mission, FCA-Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Evangelical Covenant Church or St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

Ina Ilene Grebe left this world holding hands with her husband of 68 years Ronald D. Grebe on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Lincoln, NE.  She was born on the family farm outside of Ashland, NE on December 8, 1929 to Ray E and Viola Mabel (Stickney) Bower.  She was preceded in death by her son, Russell Ray Grebe, her parents and siblings Everett (Marjory) Bower, Mary Lou (Dwight) Jameson and Ethel (Keith) Pollard. She also survived 4 nephews.  In addition to her husband Ron, she is survived by her brother Rex and sister-in-law Pat Bower, as well as 10 nieces and nephews, 32 great-nieces and nephews and 7 great-great nieces and nephews.

Ina was a devoted wife, mother, sister and aunt to her family. Her faith in God was important to her and she was involved in the Ashland Methodist Church and later in Lincoln in Christian Women’s Club and their Bible studies, 1st Covenant Church for almost 50 years and then St. Mark’s Methodist Church.

Graduating from Ashland High School in 1947, Ina began working for Lincoln Telephone, then Watson Transportation before meeting her future husband on a blind, triple date.  She had just met Ron when she was selected as Queen of the Ashland Stirrup in 1950.  She and Ron were married at Ashland United Methodist Church on June 23, 1951 and resided in Lincoln.  After their son Russ was born, she left the business world to fully devote her time to family.  His death due to leukemia in 1977 was the most trying time in her life, but also drew she and Ron even closer together.

A fastidious housekeeper and cook, she preferred chocolate and dessert!  She was a great gameplayer at all the family gatherings and was playing cards and marbles up to her last few days!  Whenever anyone in the extended family needed help, Ina was there whether it was nursing surgical patients to recovery or taking care of the kids, she stepped up to keep families running smoothly.   Later in life she would become a surrogate mother/grandmother to several other families.

Though she always lived within 30 miles of her birthplace, Ina loved to travel with Ron, going as far away as Japan and Europe as well as within the US and Hawaii, including several Super Bowls.  She and Ron were avid Cornhusker fans for football, baseball and basketball.

Condolences for Ina I. Grebe
  1. Diane and Lander Freitas
    • September 2, 2019 - 2 years ago

    Ron, we are so sorry for your loss. Ina was a very special lady! Let us know if you need anything.

  2. Randy Dotson
    • September 2, 2019 - 2 years ago

    Ron. So nice I got to see Ina in the office last week. Thanks so much for your wonderful friendship with my folks. You had great times. Great memories. Joni and I will be out of town next week but will be thinking of you. God bless you and Ina. Randy and Joni

  3. Julie Garver
    • September 2, 2019 - 2 years ago

    So sorry to hear of Ina’s passing. Please let Julie or Diane know if there is anything that you need assistance with Ron. We will be in touch soon. The Keefover family has you in our thoughts and prayers!!!

  4. Gizella and steve folmer
    • September 3, 2019 - 2 years ago

    What a wonderful lady! It was a pleasure to have known her! All our love to Ron❤️

  5. Don & Marlene Leising
    • September 3, 2019 - 2 years ago

    Ron, so sorry for your loss. Its never easy to
    lose someone you love and cared about all those
    years. May your memories give you strength during your time of sorrow.

  6. Ed & Susan Smith
    • September 4, 2019 - 2 years ago

    Ron Sorry for your loss. Everyone will really miss Ina. We be think of you and praying for you during this time

  7. Vana Rogers
    • September 6, 2019 - 2 years ago

    Ron and Family:

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to you. Sorry to hear of Ina’s passing. Thinking of you and your family with deepest sympathy. Hold onto all those great memories – they will always be in your heart. By reading the obituary she sounded like one very special lady.

    Ivan Rogers and Family
    (Vana Rogers)

  8. Marilyn Rush
    • September 18, 2019 - 2 years ago

    Ron, I was so sorry to hear of Ina’s passing. Ina was alway so sweet and very kind to my Mom, Mabel Dean. I only heard of her death today, 9/18/19.

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