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Donald M. Parbs

January 28, 1940 August 29, 2013
Donald M. Parbs
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Obituary for Donald M. Parbs

Urbana—Donald Parbs, 73, died Thursday, August 29, 2013 at St Luke’s Hospital.  Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, September 2, 2013 at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Rev. David Gates officiating.  Visitation will be 2 to 5 pm Sunday, September 1, at the funeral home.  Burial at a later date.
Donald Merl Parbs was born January 28, 1940 in Iowa City, IA, to Leland and Ethel Carmen Parbs.  He attended school in Urbana, graduating in 1957.  He served his country in the United States Marines from 1957 to 1960, stationed in Hawaii.  On March 2, 1963 he married Barb Buchtela in Kirksville, MO.  Don worked as a pipe fitter until 1963 when he started farming full time near Urbana.  He was proud of his Master Craftsman woodworking skills but his greatest pride and joy was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Don is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barb; his children, David (Sharon) Parbs, Ron (Shelley) Parbs and Justine (Dewey) Ockenfels, all of Urbana; his brother, Everette (Linda) Parbs, Council Bluffs; sisters, Doris (Jerry) Kubik, Central City, Iva McMullin, Fort Pierce, FL, Frances (Keith) Wingfield, Cedar Rapids, and Gwen (Brian) Heck, Shellsburg; nine grandchildren, Mike (Heather) Parbs, Tiffany (Mike) Harland, Josh Parbs, Jason Parbs, Maria Parbs, Ashley (Jader) Perez, Heather (Larry Kent) Ockenfels, Jonathon Ockenfels and Marcie Ockenfels; five great grandchildren, Olivia Marlene, Xavier Merl and Geovanni Manuel Perez, Caleb Michael Parbs and Lily Justine Ockenfels. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Ivan and Phyllis Parbs; brother-in-law, Mac McMullin and nieces, Robin Parbs and Deb Geater.
Memorials may be directed to St. Luke’s Hospice Unit, Cedar Rapids.


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