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Lt. Col. Robert Eugene Gruber

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Lt. Col. Robert Eugene Gruber Obituary
Robert E.

Gruber, Lt. Col.

Robert Eugene Gruber passed away on June 8, 2018, at Highline Hospital, Burien, Washington, following a second stroke. He was born to Joseph W. and Elizabeth F. Gruber who preceded him in death. A son David also preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Mary, 2 sons, Robert Jr. and Stanley and 1 daughter Lois. He also has 4 brothers, Joseph (Bill) (Jeneane), Fred (Linda), David (Bev), and Jim (Ruth Ann), 3 sisters, Loreta Martens, Lois Boyd (Lyle), and Ruth Arnold. He is also survived by 3 grandsons, Levi, Aaron and Isaac and many nieces and nephews.

He graduated South Kitsap HS in 1947. He became an Auto Mechanic until 1954 when he joined the Washington National Guard. In 1957 he joined the Army and was Unit Commander, assignments in Operations, Training, Intelligence and Personnel at all levels until 1979 when he retired at Ft. McPherson, GA as Lieutenant Colonel. He served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam between 1965 and 1969 and a tour in Hawaii from 1972 to 1979. He did various work in Robersonville, N.C., where he lived with his wife Emmie Sue for 16 years. She preceded him in death in 1988. In 1991 & 92 he worked at Denali Park in Alaska where he met his present wife Mary. They were married in 1992. In May of 1995 they purchased the Lazy G Motel in West Yellowstone, Montana. His hobbies were travel, hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, and wood working. They lived for 14 years in Bentonville, Arkansas, after his first stroke in August 1999 before moving to Burien, then Des Moines, Washington.

Memorial Services will be held

in Logan Hall at Wesley Homes,

815 S. 216th St., Des Moines, WA, on Sat. July 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Donations may be made to Disabled Veterans, P.O. Box 14301. Cincinnati, OH in Bob's name or a .
Published in The Seattle Times from July 10 to July 11, 2018
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