GROTON - Robert Burton Gruber, 97, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 16, 2012, at Central Vermont Hospital, Berlin. Bob's family and friends are grateful for his full and generous life.
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Born in New York City on August 4, 1914 to James and Marie (Goldman) Gruber, Bob lived in Manhattan where he graduated from high school in 1931. In 1935, following his passion for farming, he moved to Doylestown, PA to attend The National Farm School where he graduated in 1937 majoring in General Agriculture. He worked on farms in and around NY until he married Aline Stern April 9, 1946.
After the birth of Jimmy in 1947, they moved to Watkins Glen, N.Y., where they lived for 8 years during which time Kathy was born in 1956. Before moving to Vermont in 1959, Bob studied at Cornell University and then in Groton started his career with Eastern A.I. where he worked breeding cows until his retirement in 1981.
During their retirement years Bob and Aline travelled, canoed, enjoyed woodworking projects and visited family.
Robert gave freely of his time to others by delivering senior meals, working with Barre's Reparative Justice Program and volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem in St. Johnsbury. He helped build and then attended Plainfield Meeting and participated in peace efforts. At age 80 he and his friends hiked the Long Trail and then hiked about 900 miles of the Appalachian Trail during the next 10 years.
Bob's wife, Aline (Stern), predeceased him on May 11, 1988; his son, James S. Gruber in 2001; and brother, Walter Gruber in 1991.
Survivors include his daughter, Katherine Gruber of Richmond; grandson, Eli Gruber and great grandson, Silas Gruber both of Lyndon; sister, Helen Kraus of Saratoga Springs, NY; daughter in law, Janet Thorn of Lyndon; and several nieces and nephews.
Pleases join us for celebration of his life including a potluck held at the Groton Community Building on Route 302 on Saturday, May 12, at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Food Bank, 33 Parker Road, Barre 05641.
For more information or to sign an online condolence, visit www.rickerfh.com Ricker Funeral Home, Woodsville, N.H., is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Times Argus on Apr. 23, 2012