Ronald D. Grebe
Date of Birth
March 28, 1931
Pierce, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
January 23, 2020
Lincoln, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Monday, February 3, 2020 ~ 11:00 a.m.
First Covenant Church ~ Lincoln, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Sunday, February 2, 2020 ~ 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Monday, February 3, 2020 ~ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
First Covenant Church ~ Lincoln, Nebraska


Lincoln’s Tabitha Foundation, First Covenant Church, Peoples City Mission and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Ronald Duane Grebe was looking forward to the day when he would be reunited with his wife and son and enjoy eternity together with his loving God.  He made that passage on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

Ron was born March 28, 1931 in Pierce, Nebraska to Gerald and Katherine (Strasheim) Grebe.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ina Ilene Grebe, and their son, Russell Ray Grebe, his parents and siblings Wallen (Evelyn) Strasheim, John Grebe, and Melinda (Richard) Coupe as well as a niece and four nephews.  He is survived by his sister, Katherine (Dean) Flickinger, Ina’s brother Rex (Pat) Bower, 20 nieces and nephews collectively as well as many great and great, great nieces and nephews.  He especially enjoyed seeing the next generations coming into the family.

Ron always said Ina was the love of his life and he married her in the Ashland United Methodist Church on June 23, 1951.   He met her on a blind triple date where she was set up with another guy.  As he says, four days later he asked her on a date and the rest is history. They were thrilled with the birth of their only son Russ in 1953.  His death due to leukemia in 1977 at such a young age was the most trying time in their life, but also drew them closer together.   Ron and Ina maintained close relationships with their nieces and nephews and were surrogate parents/grandparents to friends and family alike.  Ron loved his time with the nephews on hunting and fishing trips.  He was also an avid marble and card player and loved family game nights.

Ron was a people person – he thrived on building relationships in business and social settings, and most especially with family. Ron loved to mentor others.  He was a member of 1st Covenant Church for over 50 years and spent many years as a member of the choir.  He helped start a Bible study group over 30 years ago that continues today with members from several different churches.  He was a part of Fellowship of Christian Athletes since 1978 and the Team Mates program since 1992.  When he and Ina moved to Gracepoint two years ago, he started a Bible study there as well.  Ron also spent years volunteering with Gateway Sertoma Club, serving a term as their president as well as guiding their fundraising efforts, and sat on the Boards of the People’s City Mission and several banks.

Ron’s family moved to Lincoln in 1936 and he grew up working in his father’s service station.  He and a friend then partnered to buy a Ford dealership in Ashland which they sold to Lee Sapp several years later in 1978.  Ron stayed on and served as the general manager for another 38 years, winning many sales awards.

Ron and Ina loved to travel, going as far away as Japan and Europe, as well as all over the continental US, Alaska and Hawaii, including several Super Bowls.  Ron was an avid Cornhusker fan especially for football, baseball and basketball.

Condolences for Ronald D. Grebe
  1. Julie Keefover Garver
    • January 25, 2020 - 12 months ago

    Sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. I tried several times to get ahold of Ron after Ina’s passing, but did not connect with him. Now I am sorry I did not try harder. After my mother, Sandra Grebe Keefover, passed away in 2018 my sister, Diane, and I visited Ron and Ina several times to keep in touch. We learn a lot about the Grebe history during those visits. Ron will be missed by many as he impacted a lot of people’s lives.

  2. Allen Beermann, Lincoln
    • January 26, 2020 - 12 months ago

    Ron Grebe was the kind of person that everything he touched–improved! In everything he did…he added value. Nebraska was blessed because he was one of our citizens. His positive touch mark is everywhere. I was blessed to have Ron as a

  3. Maggie Kuhl
    • January 27, 2020 - 12 months ago

    I knew Ron (& Ina) for just the last 18 months or so when they were living at GracePointe Assisted Living. He was a dear friend to my brother living there and I know he brought a lot of laughter and joy to all his neighbors there. A very special person. He will be dearly missed.

  4. Rodney Droud
    • January 27, 2020 - 12 months ago

    I was blessed to meet Ron at the Friday morning FCA Breakfast at Stauffer’s. I did know a few of the gentlemen there, but not many- that is, until I met Ron that first time. He not only welcomed me, but did so in such a genuine way that instantly made me feel comfortable and wanting to come back for more! Each time I attended, he extended those large hands and said, “Well, good morning young man!” He handled Ina’s passing with such dignity, then demonstrated an incomparable faith when he was diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say, Ron left a Christ-like mark that will never go away. While I will miss him dearly, I know he’s exactly where he wants to be… and loving every minute of it!

  5. • January 27, 2020 - 12 months ago

    I was a friend of Ron’s for some 40 years, He was great person always trying to help me if I needed it , I will miss very much. rest in peace Ron

  6. Jennifer Z.
    • January 28, 2020 - 12 months ago

    I knew Ron and Ina for approximately 18 months when they resided at Gracepointe Assisted Living. There was always an interesting conversation to be had at the puzzle table!
    Rest in Peace, Ron!

  7. Vana Rogers
    • January 29, 2020 - 12 months ago

    So sorry to hear about Ron and his passing. Such a great guy to know. Always so good to visit and talk with him.

    Ivan Rogers and Family

  8. Suzanne Frasier
    • January 30, 2020 - 12 months ago

    So sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. Got to know him through Sertoma and he was one of my favorites. He always greeted me with a kiss on the cheek before Sertoma meetings & always had a kind thing to say. I will miss him but I know he missed the love of his life & know they are in each others arms again. RIP Ron

  9. Sharon Halvorsen
    • January 31, 2020 - 12 months ago

    Ron we know how happy you are now with Ina and Russ! Ina used to remind me that I was actually only 2 days–just 2 days older than Russ. You and Ina had a great life together, you were so devoted to Ina and Russ. When Annie and I visited with you at
    Gracepointe we were amazed by all the history and information you shared with us. I imagine you are walking the streets of heaven looking for old friends and greeting new arrivals. God Bless, Rest in Peace.

  10. Gene & Mary Roncka
    • February 2, 2020 - 12 months ago

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing but know how wonderful it will be to unite with Ina & Russ. Our thoughts & prayers to the family. Ron was King of Ashland when I was Queen and a wonderful gentleman full of kindness and knowledge.

  11. Tony Fulton
    • February 3, 2020 - 12 months ago

    Ron came into my life through our mutual service on the People’s City Mission board. Through this service I came to know the enormity of his heart and was inspired by his love of Christ. Eternal rest grant unto Ron, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him! May he rest in peace.

  12. • February 3, 2020 - 12 months ago

    Ron was a vital member of the Peoples City Mission board and played an important part in our successful growth. He has a wonderful Christian man and good friend. Ron is with his Savior but will be greatly missed by all of us. Pastor Tom

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