Albert J. Grabow, 72, entered into rest on Dec. 15, 2012, at Medicalodge of Neosho, following a lengthy illness of Parkinson’s Disease.
Al Grabow was born April 19, 1940 in Los Angeles County, Calif., to John and Mildred (Chlada) Grabow.
Mr. Grabow graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School, Cicero, Ill., in 1958, and from the University of Texas, El Paso, Texas in 1963. He taught at Sam Houston State College, Huntsville, Texas, where he also graduated with a master’s degree in 1965.
Al met Mary, his future wife, while at Sam Houston State.
Mr. Grabow taught at Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas, and served as administrative assistant to the president of Laredo Jr. College, Laredo, Texas. He came to Crowder College, Neosho in 1968 as an instructor; becoming college business manager later that year. While with Crowder College, Mr. Grabow taught economics and geography, subjects which he truly enjoyed. Conversant in Spanish, he traveled extensively throughout Mexico in the 1960s and Spain in his later years. Over his career with Crowder, Mr. Grabow always considered himself to have been a lucky man. He was a long-term member of the Neosho Rotary Club, and received designation as a Paul Harris Fellow. Al retired from the position of college business manager in 2001, but continued to teach at Crowder until 2010.
Al and Mary Woodley were married in Huntsville, Texas, on April 14, 1956 and she survives. He is also survived by daughter; Mary Ann Gilreath DOB 05/02/1968, and husband Jason of Neosho; and their children, Erin E. Casey, DOB 07/10/1990, Derek C. McCarty, DOB 11/18/1996; Dora J. Gilreath, DOB 08/17/2001; Dana M. Gilreath, DOB 08/23/2002; daughter; Rhonda Lee Canales DOB 07/10/1969, and husband Hector of Roma, Texas; and their children Jacob A. Canales DOB 07/09/1997, Tyler J. Canales DOB 07/15/2000; sister, Joanne Dybala and husband, Ed of Chicago, IL.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Clark Funeral Home, Chapel of Memories, Neosho. Interment will be in IOOF cemetery, Neosho. Rev. Ralph Walker officiating. The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. today and visitation will be held 10-11 a.m. Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation or Lafayette House; Joplin C/O Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66 Neosho, 64850.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.