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Donald Charles Gruber
  • St. Clare Mission Parish Building Fund
    229 N. dean St.
    Centreville, MI 49032

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“Just heard of Don's passing and are deeply sadden. We send his family our sincere sympathy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Dave and Norma...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Dave and Norma Smith - Kalamazoo, MI

“Mrs. Gruber, Dave, Christa & Ann,I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband/father.Please except my sincere condolences.Joe Caton ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Joe Caton - Kalamazoo, MI

“We are sorry to hear of Don's passing. Seeing the obituary with all the family details brought back a flood of memories of our time in Westwood. The...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Carol and Family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.Marv and Catherine ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Catherine and Marvin Grostic - MI

“Worked with Don at Upjohn for many years. Great guy with a dry sense of humor. Excellent professional. My sympathies to Carol and the family. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Dick Walter

“We had the good fortune to work with Don during our Upjohn years. We offer our thanks for all the good work he did to bring healing medicines to...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: John Stodola - Schoolcraft

“My deepest sympathies to all of you. Don Gruber lived a full, rich life and will be missed by many. Sending you love during this difficult time. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Stephanie Comai - Ann Arbor, MI

“We have wonderful and happy memories of the Gruber family and admired Don's guidance with his children and the many service projects with church,...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: edward Hartmann - KALAMAZOO, MI

“Don was a good neighbor and went out of his way to offer words of encouragement. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Bob Mangan - Wheaton, IL

“Mr. Gruber was a wonderful neighbor who would always help in any way that he could. I will miss seeing him working on his yard and barbecuing. My...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Bonnie Ikamas - Sturgis, MI

“To Mrs, Dave, Christa, Ann and familymy prayers will be with your family during this most difficult time. I have only the fondest memories of Mr...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: John Caldwell - Kalamazoo, MI

“Carol-Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss of Don. My thoughts are with you. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Jeanne Juzwiak - Kalamazoo, MI

“We are saddened to learn of the death of a man who contributed so much to our parish family at St. Clare. Don kept us on schedule and organized for...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Bryan and Kathy Jessup - Sturgis, MI

“Please accept our deepest sympathies. We are truly sorry for the loss of Don. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Ken & Elaine Riebe - Holland, MI

“We were very saddened to hear of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn and your family. We will definitely miss seeing Don out...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Frank and Cindy Sprowl - STURGIS, MI

“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI


Donald Charles Gruber age 83 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, February 5, 2017 at his home.
He was born March 12, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin son of the late A.A. and Edna (Dahlmann) Gruber.
Don resided in Sturgis since 2000 coming from Kalamazoo where he lived from 1960 until moving to Sturgis. His early life was spent in Milwaukee where he was a graduate of Messmer High School with the class of 1950. He furthered his education at Marquette University where he earned a Bachelor degree in Science and Chemistry and later earned a Master degree in Chemistry from the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
On October 24, 1959 he married Carolyn Dammann in Peoria, Illinois.
Don retired from the Upjohn Company where he worked as a research chemist and in quality control from 1960-1994.
Don was a ROTC officer with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers stationed in Alaska, earning the rank of Lieutenant First Class.
He was an active member of the St. Clare Mission Parish in Centreville where he served as an usher.
Don was a past president of the Hackett High School Board of Education in Kalamazoo. He enjoyed volunteering at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, reading, working in his yard, and gardening and loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife: Carolyn; one son: Dr. David Gruber of Grand Rapids; two daughters: Christa Gruber of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and Ann Gruber de Oliveira of Maputa, Mozambicque; three grandchildren: Stefano, Sophie and Sandro de Oliveira; brother-in-law: Gordon (Karen) Dammann of Lena, Illinois; Sister-in-law: Elaine (Gary) Clark of Peoria, Illinois and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at the St. Clare Mission Parish, 229 N. Dean St. in Centreville. Father Robert Raj and Deacon Bart Connelly will officiate. Private burial of the ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan at a later date.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Gruber's memory consider the St. Clare Mission Parish Building Fund or the Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Rd., Portage 49002.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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