Dr. Gwain Zarbuck passed away Monday, Aug. 3rd at home in Champaign. He was 94 years old and lived a full life. A Chiropractor for 52 years, married to his wife June for 66 years, father to 5 kids, grandfather to 11 and great grandfather to 3. Gwain was born to Gus and Bertha Zarbuck on June 28th, 1926 and grew up in B…read more
Dr. Gwain Zarbuck passed away Monday, Aug. 3rd at home in Champaign. He was 94 years old and lived a full life. A Chiropractor for 52 years, married to his wife June for 66 years, father to 5 kids, grandfather to 11 and great grandfather to 3. Gwain was born to Gus and Bertha Zarbuck on June 28th, 1926 and grew up in Bloomington-Normal. He went to the Trinity Lutheran Grade School, Bloomington High School and graduated from the Jacksonville School of the Blind. He lost his vision during his sophomore year of high school, and after the failure of multiple medical procedures, he began to learn Braille. While on break from Jacksonville Gwain received a Palmer Upper Cervical adjustment and his sight was restored, making him the only person he knows of that upon receiving his blind school diploma was able to drive home.
This dramatic change in his life caused him to become a Chiropractor; after 1 year of school at University of Illinois, he then attended the Palmer School of Chiropractic graduating in 1948. That same year Gwain opened a Chiropractic office in Urbana which remains a family-run clinic to this date. Gwain married June Mosey in 1954 and she survives. He is also survived by his sons Dr. Gwain II (Cindy) Urbana, Morgan (Ann) Ft. Myers FL, Drew (Amy) Carol Stream IL and daughters Denise (Tim) Anderson Austin TX and Kim (Ken) Bowman Cedarburg WI along with grandchildren Austin Gwain(Hannah) Zarbuck, Jim Kelly(Garret Atherton), John (Tonya) Kelly, Danae (Chad) Shelley, Paige Zarbuck, Connor Zarbuck, Lauren (Will) Wood, Alexandra Anderson (James Mason), Mitch Anderson, Ellie Bowman, Maddie Bowman and great grandchildren Colton Kelly, Brooklyn Wood and Alec Gwain Zarbuck.
Dr. Zarbuck loved music, especially dixieland and big band. He played piano daily up to the last few days of his life. Gwain was also proficient with the trombone playing in the precursor to the Champaign Urbana Symphony. Dad had an infectious sense of humor and always seemed to have a joke to tell.
Gwain was a long-time member of the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association, International Chiropractors Association, Palmer College Alumni Association, Urbana Country Club, Moose and Elks. He had a lifetime love of automobiles stemming from his Dad running the Hudson Garage in Bloomington, enjoyed watching sports-especially his family-and the Illini, passionately played golf, and was a devoted follower of Martin Luther’s theology.
His dedication and proficiency as a Chiropractor combined with those linked to him as Chiropractors has made this part of the world a healthier place; his love and dedication to family has made all of us better people. He will be missed.
Morgan Funeral Home of Savoy is handling the arrangements. A private family burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens officiated by Pastor Mike Mack. Memorials can go to the Palmer College Alumni Association of Illinois 802 SW Third Street Aledo Il. 61231. Online condolences to www.morganmemorialhome.com.