Funeral Services for Don “Shorty” Gruhn, age 80, of Inman, NE will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill. Burial will follow in the O’Neill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 5-7 PM at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill. He passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the O’Neill Care and Rehabilitation Center. Memorials may be given to the Christ Lutheran Church.
Donald Herbert Gruhn was born on April 17, 1937 in Hemingford, NE to Emil and Elsie (Retke) Gruhn. He grew up northwest of Alliance, NE and attended District Schools #17 and #9 before attending Alliance High School. In May of 1954 his family moved to Inman, NE and Don graduated from O’Neill High School in 1955.
He married Erma Elaine Luben on March 21, 1969 at Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill. They made their home southwest of Inman where he farmed and ranched for many years.
Don was a very hardworking man who enjoyed taking care of his cattle, pheasant hunting and going fishing.
He was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church in O’Neill, and What’s Trump Card Club.
Don is survived by his children, Nancy Shook and husband, Mark, of Lincoln, NE, Dr. Nadine Gruhn and partner, Beckie Copeland, of Morristown, NJ, and Garret Gruhn and wife, Cindy, of Inman, NE; seven grandchildren, Jared, Lara, Annie, Joy, Lindsay, Brady “Hoppy” and Carter; seven great grandchildren, Jacqueline, Calvin, Ruth, Halle, Hannah, Kobe, and Kaden; brothers-in-law, Roy Boshart, of O’Neill, NE and Raymond Luben and wife Iva, of Fremont, NE, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Elsie (Retke) Gruhn, wife, Erma Gruhn, brother, Lyle Gruhn and sister, Karen Boshart.