June 1, 1990 - June 11, 2013
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OSCEOLA - Michael W. Gruse, 23, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, after an automobile accident in Illinois. The Michigan City native was born June 1, 1990, to Thomas F. & Tracy (Taylor) Gruse. A talented musician, Mike was involved in the musical and show choir at Jimtown High School, later studied music at Malone University in Canton OH. He enjoyed playing music at Fiddler's Hearth and had been involved with the Praise Team at Osceola United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Mike was an Osceola resident who only recently relocated to Palos Heights, IL, to be with his fianceé, Kelly, in preparation for their wedding. Mike was well-liked, enjoyed playing video games, and spending time with family & friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dale & Evanell Taylor, and Alex & Delores Gruse. Mike is survived by his fianceé, Kelly Ladewig of Palos Heights, IL; his parents, Thomas & Tracy Gruse of Osceola; his daughter, Madeline Gruse; brothers, Richard (Carla) Gruse of Elkhart, Robert (Mary Lee) Gruse of Lafayette, Joseph (Amy) Gruse and Andrew (Heidi) Gruse, both of Neenah, WI, Jonathan (Laurie) Gruse of Peoria, IL; and several nieces & nephews. Funeral services 10:00 Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Osceola United Methodist Church, 431 N. Beech Road, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Calling also on Friday 2-4 & 6-9 pm at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Hwy. Burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family's preferred memorials are Osceola United Methodist Church Praise Team or the Humane Society of St. Joseph Co. To sign the guest book, offer condolences to the family or to view Mike's digital photo tribute, please visit www.chapelhillmemorial.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune from June 13 to June 14, 2013