JACK GRUBER Obituary (1920 – 2021) – Grand Rapids, MI
Jack Cornell Gruber Sr., 101, died on Monday, March 15, 2021. He was born on February 4, 1920 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Maximillian Gruber and Norma Gray Shell Gruber.
The Gruber family moved to San Antonio, Texas when Jack was very young and it became his home. He met his love, Vivian Maxine Walker, in high school and they were married on April 5, 1942.
He graduated from Brackenridge High School in May 1938 and not long after that he joined the Marine Corps and served until March 1944. During his business trip to Guadalcanal and Guam he was injured and subsequently received the Purple Heart.
When he returned home, he worked for Kelly AFB as a loyal and dedicated federal service for 32 years, where he had an outstanding career. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his outstanding and dedicated service.
During this time Jack was also a member of the Southwest Football Officials’ Association and directed many games in the San Antonio area.
He became a bricklayer and a member of Anchor Lodge, where he eventually became the Past Master. Jack was also a member of the Alzafar Shriners. Those of you who knew him know that he was a “jack of all trades”. He could overtake a car engine or fly an airplane. Jack loved his wife, family and country.
Jack was passed away by his wife Vivian Maxine Gruber, who died in 2004, and his brother Norman Gruber.
He is survived by his children Jack C. Gruber Jr. and his wife Beverly Karon L. Robertson. Grandchildren, Kimberly and husband Curt VanDeWalle, Shannon Gruber, Jack Gruber III and wife Melodee and Keith Smith; Great grandson Dr. Elizabeth McCain and husband, Steven, Laura Janse and husband Campbell, Katherine VanDeWalle, Megan, Jessica and Jack Gruber, Keira and Ryder Smith and a great-great-grandson Benjamin McCain; Nephew Norman Gruber, brothers Dr. Alan Gruber and wife, Helen, Murray Gruber and wife Eva as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on April 13, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to wounded warriors or to charity of your choice.
Posted in Express News on April 11, 2021.