GRUBER, Richard C. "Dick", died December 3, 2012, in Avon Park, Florida, after battling lung cancer the past year. Dick leaves behind his devoted wife, Nancy, whom he was married to for 59 years. They moved to Avon Park in 1999, with previous homes in Michigan, Delaware and South Carolina. Dick was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on January 22, 1928, to Carl E. Gruber and Oca Fiber Gruber. Dick was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carol Gruber Baumer of Tacoma, Washington in 1982. He is survived by son, James R. (Kathryn); daughter, Lynnda G. White (Brad); and son, John C. (Pam), all residing in Michigan; 5 grandsons; 2 granddaughters; as well as 4 great grandchildren. Dick was very proud of the accomplishments of all of his children and grandchildren and felt confident that the strong family legacy would continue after his death. Dick served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the final months of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was later employed by Vickers, Inc., RCA Victor, and retired in 1979, after 30 years with Chrysler in various management positions. He attended night courses at Wayne State University for 3 years. Dick had a desire to travel and had the opportunity to visit 40 different countries for business or pleasure with his wife, Nancy. He enjoyed collecting foreign paper currency from each of the countries he visited. He also enjoyed playing golf with business acquaintances, friends and neighbors on a regular basis. He encouraged family golf outings in various states for many years. Family golf outings were fun and very competitive, with trophies for the young and old. He ceased to play golf the past few years due to health problems. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 at Founder's Hall in Highlands Ridge.
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Published in TBO.com on Dec. 5, 2012