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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/
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Published by Daily Herald on Apr. 29, 2021.