1947 - 2021
Laird Funeral Home
310 South State Street
Elgin, IL
Charles Alois Gruber, 74, of St Charles Il, passed away on April 26, 2021 surrounded by his wife and 3 children. Chuck was born on March 24th, 1947 in Chicago Illinois. He was the son of Florian and Millicent Gruber. Chuck served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968 which took him to Vietnam. Upon his return home he then began his prestigious law enforcement career as a police officer in Addison, IL. In 1976 he moved his young family to Quincy, IL where he became the youngest Police Chief in the state. In 1987 as his career heightened, he picked up his family again and moved to Shreveport, LA where he was appointed Police Chief. Then in 1990 he moved back to his home state of Illinois where he became the Police Chief of Elgin. In tandem he started his private consulting company which incorporated 40 plus years of police experience to review, evaluate and problem solve law enforcement issues. After retiring in December of 1998, he became the Police Chief for the Village of South Barrington until 2008. Chuck was President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in 1982 and from 1989-90 served as President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. His legacy cannot be questioned. The police agencies he helped, the communities he served, and the law enforcement professionals he guided are too many to list. He accomplished many lifetime achievements and awards. Throughout his life he held a love for golf, was always fast on his feet on the dance floor, and his laughter was infectious. He always went out of his way to treat everyone with respect. He was kind, just and fair and above all loved life. He is survived by his loving wife Linda of 51 years, their 3 children, Daniel of San Diego, CA, Gini (Zain) Shahzada, and Kenneth of Los Angeles, CA, his 3 granddaughters, Alexis, Gisele Shahzada and Scarlett Shahzada, his siblings, Ellen (Steve) Grinstead of Napa ID, Steven (Gigi), Peter (Sue), and Suzanne. He is preceded in death by his parents his Sister Beverly Pourchot and his brother Dennis. Chuck's visitation will be held on Sunday, May 2nd from 3- 8 at Laird Funeral Home, 310 South State Street (Rt 31), Elgin. The funeral mass will be held on Monday, May 3rd, at 10:00 at St Patrick Church' 6N491 Crane Road, St Charles. Entombment will follow at St Michaels Cemetery in Wheaton. In Lieu of flowers please make donations in his honor to the American Legion Elgin Post 57, Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, or Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. St. Patrick Catholic Church request if you are attending the funeral mass for Mr. Gruber, that you register on the following link: 30E0C4AAFA72FA3F85-charles For further information 847-741-8800 or to leave an on-line condolence visit

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Published by Daily Herald on Apr. 29, 2021.
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6N491 Crane Road, St Charles, IL
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Chuck Gruber meant more to me then words can express. I worked for Chief Gruber as a police officer in South Barrington until my retirement in 2004. He was very instrumental in helping me manage my career in my final few years with the department. I was very saddened when I heard of his passing. I will always remember Chief Gruber as an outstanding person and a great Chief. Chief Gruber rest in peace, you earned it.
Ronald Raucci
May 6, 2021
Was a real pleasure to know Chuck. Going to miss his great smile
and great nature. Our deepest sympathy to Linda and the wonderful family. We will always remember him in our hearts and prayers.
Chuck and Barb Cizek
Chuck Cizek
May 4, 2021
Arman Dolikian
May 4, 2021
Linda & family we’d like to express our sincere sympathy . It is ALWAYS so very hard to say good bye . We will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers ,
Friends from Quincy ,
Ed & Linda Berry
Linda Berry
May 4, 2021
Linda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Chuck were so thoughtful to come to my Bob's visitation 2 years ago. I enjoyed our years at St. Laurence. I only found out about Chuck last night or I would have paid my respects in person. God bless you.
Mrs. Robert Nelson
May 3, 2021
I considered it a privilege to care for such an amazing example of humanity. He was so kind and understanding of our predicament and the strain on resources during these challenging times.
It did not occur to me and I had no idea until I read his obituary that besides being such a kind person, Mr Gruber was also very humble in that he had lived such a life of public service and accomplishment yet he never once boasted about himself, only speaking of his love for his family and expressing genuine interest and concern for others.
We all see a side of people in the context in which we interact with them, for example a teacher may have a very different perspective on a child than a mother. I encountered Mr Gruber as he battled for his life and I hope there is comfort in sharing with you that he was an extraordinary person in that context.
It is my personal conviction that such graciousness is an energy that cannot be destroyed but lives on in a place where we shall be reunited with our loved ones and where the higher thing in each of us conquers all.
Best wishes to his friends and family.
Anna Willson respiratory therapist
Anna Willson
May 3, 2021
Semper Fi Chuck, from an APD friend and Navy Mom. Thank you for your service to our great country and to the many communities you served with devotion beginning with Addison PD, and then Elgin PD. You always did the right thing and you were well respected for it. You will be missed by many. My deepest and sincerest condolences to the entire Gruber family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you all.
MJ Wemken
April 29, 2021
I’m very sorry to hear about Chuck’s passing. I worked with him at the APD in 1972-1974. Chuck was the youth officer and I was a police cadet. Chuck was instrumental in programs for youth and was the originator of “Mike the talking bike.” Rest In Peace Chuck, your tour of duty here on Earth has ended. A job well done.. God has called you to be a guardian at his side with many of the APD officers who taught me how to be the police. I am forever grateful.. Sam
Sam D. Pulia
April 29, 2021
I was a high school friend of Chuck's sister Imelda. We were in each other's weddings as our friendship continued and grew. The Gruber family has always been a wonderful and loving family. My deepest sympathies.
Marj Lutz
April 29, 2021

Our deepest Sympathy to you, your mom, your siblings and those precious grandkids that he loved so much! Your Dad was a remarkable man that was loved and respected by all who knew him. So full of life and so kind! Our thoughts and prayers go out to your mom and all of your family and friends that will so miss him. What a legacy he has left behind to all of you! Our love and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of such a big part of your lives. May God be with you all! In Deepest Sympathy, Gary and Kathy Lichthardt
Gary and Kathy Lichthardt
April 29, 2021
Linda, I read about your loss in the Herald this morning. You and your family have my sincere condolences. God's blessings and peace be with all of you.
Arlene Benson Harwood
April 29, 2021
Thank You so very much for your incredible service to our country and communities .May GOD bless and comfort your family..
Semper Fi
Bill Mc Minn
April 29, 2021
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