Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Earl M. Brubaker

Earl M. Brubaker, age 60, of Shelby, died Monday, February 14, 2022 following an unexpected and apparent heart attack.

Earl was born April 28,1961 in Ephrata, PA to the late Lester G. and Elsie (Martin) Brubaker. He worked in the construction industry and was a member of Clear Creek Mennonite Church in Savannah.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Barbara A. (Richard) Brubaker, whom he wed on August 11, 1984; 10 children: Melodie (Steve) Leid of Wooster, Michelle (Eric) Vikingstad of Sunbury, Craig Brubaker of New Washington, Eric (Marnita) Brubaker of Shiloh, Sherry (Lyle) Martin of Goshen, IN, Elsie (Jamie) Martin of Lakeville, IN, Carolyn (Adrien) Penrod of Creston, Evelyn Brubaker, Scott Brubaker, and Brent Brubaker all of Shelby; 10 grandchildren: Keturah, Trent, Abigail, Ian, Toby, Liz, Lance, Rowan, Scarlett, and Cooper; mother and father-in-law: Jr. and Naomi Richard of Wooster; siblings: Eugene (Mildred) Brubaker, Ervin (Mary Ellen) Brubaker, Mary Ann (Jere) Zimmerman, Ray (Joy) Brubaker, John (Susan) Brubaker, and Linda (Ross) Martin; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 5-7 pm and again on Friday, February 18, 2022 from 10 am-12 noon and 3-6 pm at the Buckeye Community Center, 79 Noble Road, Shiloh, Ohio 44878. Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 10 am at Clear Creek Mennonite Church,665 Township Road 1101, Ashland, Ohio 44805. Bishop Paul Zimmerman will officiate with burial following in the church cemetery.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Edna Albright says:

    Earl, his mom and dad, and his siblings were all influential in the lives of my children and myself. They were all babysitters and loved having the Brubakers come to the house as much as they loved spending time on the farm. They have not been there for many years but they still talk about all the good times with the Brubaker family. Peace and comfort to all of you.

  2. Brian & Sharon Bowers says:

    So sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. I have many fond memories from our younger days. I pray your memories of your time together and the love of your children and grandchildren will sustain you in the coming days and the assurance that he with Jesus in heaven and that one day we will see him again.
    God Bless
    Brian & Sharon Bowers & family

  3. kathy butler says:

    Dear Brubaker family, We were very sad to hear of Earl’s passing. We hired Earl to work on our barn, because he had built a pole barn for my sister’s husband, He also lived across the road from my husband’s sister while growing up. We enjoyed talking to Earl and hearing about his family. God bless and comfort the Brubaker family. Forrest and Kathy Butler

  4. Traci Seibert says:

    Dear Barb
    Iam so sorry. You have my sincere sympathy.
    Traci Seibert

  5. Jody West says:

    Dear Barb, Chuck and I are so very sorry. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck & Jody West


    To the entire Brubaker family, especially Barbara, Carolyn and Evelyn, whom we have gotten to know so much in the last 10 years. We are so saddened in the passing of Earl. Unfortunately, we will not be unable to attend any of the calling hours as Shirley has been dealing with a lot of different health issues. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Pat Edwards says:

    I was so sad to hear of Earl’s sudden death – you and the family have been such good neighbors for so many years. Jerry loved seeing the kids at Christmas and loved the cookies you so thoughtfully taught them to make for him. I will miss seeing Earl and know how difficult time without him might be. I hope all the time you spent together will bring happy memories to comfort you. You and all the kids are in my thoughts.

  8. Don Graf says:

    I will remember Earl for his help when my property was hit by a tornado on Labor Day night about four or five years ago. He and his family made sure that my property and buildings were returned to original condition. He also put a new steel roof on the house as well as insulation. Offering prayers of comfort, strength and peace to the family for a great loss of a husband, father, grandfather and good friend.

  9. KDunn Farms says:

    So sorry to here of Earls passing.Earl and the boys did a lot of construction on our farm. Great family he will be missed!

  10. Ray and Barb Risner says:

    Barbara and family, Earl was our neighbor when he was growing up and a good friend. You are in our thoughts and prayers in this most difficult time.

  11. Barbara and Ray Risner says:

    Barbara and family, we are so sorry to hear of Earl ‘s passing. He was our neighbor and friend when growing up. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  12. The Mason and Loverich Family says:

    To the Brubaker family, so sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. We enjoyed the time we spent with the family when you built a barn for us. He was a great man, and someone we considered our friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Dave & Kathy Nickoli says:

    Brubaker Family, So sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your husband and father Earl. Dave so enjoyed meeting him and his sons when working on his shop in Norwalk both times. First when it was first built and then rebuilding after the fire. What a hard working and talented bunch of men. He tells lots of stories about them especially the Mountain Dew and Subway lunches he brought them!! We will definitely keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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