Roderick Lynn Grubbs, known to friends and associates as “RL” and family as “Rick,” died in his home of natural causes on Tuesday, January 12, at the age of 57. He is survived by his father, William R. Grubbs of Lawrence, KS, four siblings, and 12 nieces and nephews: Kim (and Shirley) Grubbs, of Lawrence, KS; AnnaBelle Thornton of Galesburg, KS; Amy (and Fred) Clemens of Kalamazoo, MI; and Richard (and Renee) Grubbs of Grand Junction, CO. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Neufeld Grubbs, in Lawrence, KS, May, 2011.
Due to injuries suffered in an auto accident in 1979, Grubbs became a paraplegic, but overcoming disabilities became a lifelong passion too, as he served in various government agencies advocating for persons with disabilities and vulnerabilities due to aging, disability, or illness. He currently served in the Georgia Department of Community Health as the Health Insurance Specialist, Medicaid Division, Medicaid Policy. Grubbs received an undergraduate degree in music from Texas Tech University, an M.Ed. in Language, Literacy & Linguistics from Texas Tech University in 1992 and an M.A. in Training and Learning Technologies from the University of New Mexico in 1997. He did post-graduate studies at SUNY Buffalo and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Memorial suggestion: Shepherd Center, Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Rehabilitation through their online Tribute Gift option using this link, Online Tribute Gift A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 25, 2016 at Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St., Newton, Kansas 67114.