Debbie L. Washburn

Debbie L. Washburn, age 60, of Grand Rapids, MN, lost her battle to cancer on the morning of November 16, 2019 surrounded by family.

Debbie was born in 1959 in Litchfield, MN to George and Margaret Simmens. She attended Greenway area schools. Debbie married the love of her life, Michael “Mikey” Washburn on June 30, 1979. They moved to Grand Rapids in 1981, and raised two children, Mike Jr. and Sheila.

Debbie worked at RC’s in LaPrairie for 11 years. She always had a smile on her face and greeted everyone like they were family. Debbie was known for her cooking abilities and “Grandma’s Kitchen” was always open, she loved feeding anyone and everyone. “Are you sure? It’s really good” was her favorite saying. When the family went on camping trips, it would take her a whole day for her to pack the food, “just to make sure that everyone was well fed”, even if it was just an overnight trip! Debbie love spending time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Debbie is preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Tina. She is survived by her husband of 40 years Mike; son, Mike Jr.; daughter, Sheila (Trey) Pillard; sister, Diane Krueth; brothers, George (Cindy), and Dale (Candance) Simmens; grandchildren, Olivia and Aeris; many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 5 PM until 8 PM at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN. Visitation will continue on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Grand Rapids Assembly of God Church, Grand Rapids, MN, lasting until the 2:00 PM Funeral Service. Reverend Jason Kirschenmann will officiate. Burial will be at Macville Cemetery, Swatara, MN.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit

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