Donna K. Grabbe (52) of Louisville


Published on October 22 2012 9:28 am

Donna K. Grabbe, 52, of Louisville, Illinois passed away at noon Sunday, October 21, 2012 at her home.

Services will be held at Red Brush Christian Church in Louisville Saturday, October 27.  Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and the funeral will be held at noon. She will be laid to rest at Red Brush Cemetery in Louisville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay County Cancer Crusaders. Arrangements by Neal Funeral Home, Louisville.

Donna was born September 2, 1960 in Fairbury, the daughter of Wanda Kay and Jim Yingst. She graduated from North Clay High School in Louisville in 1978 and joined the United States Air Force where she met her devoted and loving husband of 33 years, Richard Grabbe. Donna later graduated from Indiana University with an associates degree in 1997 and obtained her bachelors in accounting from Eastern Illinois University in 2005. Donna was an active member of Red Brush Christian Church in Louisville and was president of the board for Iola Old Settlers for approximately five years. She worked for Clay County State Bank in Louisville. Gabby the Clown graduated from Clown Heaven in Martinsville, Ind. as a profesional clown in 1996. Gabby brought smiles and hugs to churches, fairs and events in Indiana, Texas and Illinois.

Survivors include her parents, husband, Richard; daughters, Heather (husband Raymond) Rosch of Flora, Miranda Grabbe of Louisville; parents, Wanda Kay (Cook) and James E. Yingst of Farina; brothers and sisters, Susan (husband Jerry) Foust of Herndon, Ky., James "Bo" (wife Hope) Yingst of Farina, Karen (husband Steve) Elledge of Farina, Eric (wife Tammy) Yingst of Farina, surrogate sister/cousin Kathy Wilson-Peters of Effingham; grand-nieces, Evelyn and Violet Elledge and grandchildren, Haley, Lucas and Anthony Rosch of Flora.