Donald W. Grensing, 93, of Davenport, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at his home.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Calvary Church. Reverend Dan Schoepf will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at the church. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or Samaritan’s Purse. Online condolences may be made at www.wittichfuneralhome.com.
Donald was born on February 14, 1928, in Kansas, Missouri, the son of Fred Carl and Vida Mabel Rittenhouse Grensing. He married Donna Mae Silberhorn on November 26, 1954, in Muscatine.
Don graduated from Muscatine High School in 1946. He later attended Muscatine Community College, Iowa Wesleyan, and University of Iowa, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1952 and later received his Master Degree in 1966. Donald was in the US Army during World War II. He was a charter member for Calvary Baptist Church and Sunday School teacher from 1954 until 2014. Donald was involved with the Muscatine Red Sox for seven decades; he was a player and then later player/coach. Don was the Chaplain for the Quad City River Bandits.
Don was a teacher and coach for the LeClaire High School from 1952 to 1954, he then taught and coached at the Wilton High school from 1954 to 1960. From 1961 until 1999 Donald was a teacher, coach and Athletic Director for Davenport Central High School. During his coaching the Davenport Central High School basketball team was the State Champion in 1970 and runner up in 1979. In 2015, the field house at Davenport Central High School was named the Don Grensing Fieldhouse.
He was named in many Hall of Fames: Iowa High School Boys Basketball coaches in 1988 and Administrators in 1998, Muscatine High School Hall of Honor in 1998, Iowa Athletic Directors in 1999 and in 2000, Quad City Times in 2010, National Semi Pro Baseball in 2014, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Illowa Chapter Hall of Faith in 2015, and Iowa Wesleyan in 2016.
He is survived by his wife Donna Mae Grensing; his daughters, Victoria Habben and her husband, Chris, Michelle Shank and her husband, Kim, and Linda Grensing Crum and her husband, David; grandchildren, Nathan Habben, Elizabeth Bilter, Laura Hudson, Samantha Burba, Andrew Shank, Allison Crum, Abigail Crum, and Adelade Crum; eight great grandchildren.
Don is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce Grensing Guy in 1999.