Forrest William Gruhn, age 94, of Lincoln, Missouri, passed away Saturday morning, December 8, 2012, at the Lincoln Community Care Center, in Lincoln, Missouri. He was born in Malcom Township in Poweshiek County, Iowa, on May 29, 1918, the son of Walter V. and Roberta Laros Gruhn. He lost his mother at the age of two and was raised by his father and step-mother, Gladys Hicks Gruhn. She was the only paternal grandmother his children ever knew. He grew up in various communities in several states and graduated from Bryant High School in Long Island, New York.
On May 6, 1938, he was united in marriage to Rose Ellen Young in Knoxville, Iowa and unto this union, four sons were born, Richard, David, Michael and Fred.
Forrest was a U.S. Army veteran
serving overseas in a Tank Corps in France and Germany during the final years of World War II, and was proud to have been involved in the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp, the first of the Nazi extermination compounds established in Germany.
Following the war he returned to make his home in Iowa. He and his family first moved to Lincoln, Missouri, in 1960, back to Iowa in 1966 and finally back to Lincoln in 1991. Over the years he had worked as a welder, a farmer and a mechanic.
Forrest was a faithful member of the Warsaw Assembly of God Church. He was a member of the John F. Reser VFW
Post #5894 in Warsaw. In 2010 he was proud to make the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. with his son Fred to see the World War II Memorial in the nation's capitol.
Forrest was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rose Ellen, in 2007, and their oldest son, Richard Gruhn, in 1993.
He is survived by three sons; David Gruhn, of Warsaw, Missouri, Michael Gruhn, and his wife, Karen, and Fred Gruhn, and his wife, Joyce, of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the Davis-Miller Funeral Home in Lincoln with Rev. Tim Freeman officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, Missouri. No visitation.