Gerald Gruber

Gerald Gruber

Monday, August 7th, 1944 Monday, September 21st, 2020

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Obituary for Gerald Leonard Gruber

Jerry “Butch” Gruber, was born in 1944 in Padua, MN, and was dealt “the hand he couldn’t play” on September 21, 2020, at his home surrounded by family. He was the son of Leonard Gruber and Kathryn (Essler) Gruber-Borgmann.

Jerry AKA “Gruber” grew up in Padua (“God’s Country”) as his “Padua” license plates proved how proud he was of that heritage. He attended a one room school house in Padua and graduated from Brooten High School in 1962. Gruber was a soft spoken, humble, kind, and gentle man who was loved by many, especially his family.
He grew up to love competition in his life whether it was playing softball, golfing, or playing his hand in thousands of cribbage tournaments. He was inducted into the American Cribbage Congress Hall of Fame, an honor he was so proud of.

Gruber worked at Ford Motor Company until his retirement in 2011. After retirement, Gruber volunteered his time at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis.

Gruber is survived by siblings: Jan Trustheim, Blaine; Diane (Herman) Bartz and Jill (Ken) Bauer, all of Waite Park; John Gruber, St Cloud, MN; Borgmann step family siblings; many nieces, nephews, and his cribbage family.

Gruber was preceded in death by his parents, Stepfather Ferd Borgmann, sister, Jeanne Love; brother-in-law Elwood Trustheim.

A private family service is planned and according to Gruber’s wishes - celebrations of his life will be held at a later date – one in Padua and another in the Minneapolis area – as Covid restrictions allow.

In lieu of flowers, Gruber’s preference for memorials could be to any of the following: WACOSA (an organization which his brother, John, attends that serves those having developmental challenges in the St. Cloud and Sauk Centre areas), the American Cribbage Congress Youth Program, or the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

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Richard and Nancy Keaveny

Our thoughts and prayers to the Gruber family. Gerry was such a gentle soul. Loved to hear that laugh. Rest In Peace Jerry.
Comment | Posted at 05:43pm via Condolence

Norita Sanderson

My sympathies to the entire Gruber family. Butch was loved, I have learned, in many different activities of life. My memory is his love of golf. He helped many young golfers with his contributions to high school programs by purchasing “the golf card” for himself and friends. May you score many heavenly pars and birdies Butch! 😇⛳️ Riti Bartz Sanderson
Comment | Posted at 02:41pm via Condolence

Tim Beaudry

My condolences to you and the family. I worked with Gerry many years at the Ford plant. He was fun to work with and very knowledgeable. There was never an bad word said about him. My grand parents where from his same little town. Tells me more about him then anything else.
Comment | Posted at 11:11am via Condolence

Tina Lynn Nelson

Dear, Dear Jerry, thank you for your lifelong friendship. I am a better human for knowing you and the boys. I learned from you humbleness and kindness and acceptance. I so enjoyed reuniting and breakfasting with you all. I will miss you and your smile. This is not goodbye, just so long for now. I fully expect you to help me brush up on my cribbage some day:) Tina (Johnson) Nelson
Comment | Posted at 06:46pm via Condolence

Patty Kenna

My deepest sympathy to Butch’s sisters and their families. I have very good memories of spending huge amounts of time at Gruber’s Bar and grocery, and with their family. It was the neighborhood gathering place which developed because of the warm, welcoming atmosphere created by the whole family. I was good friends with Jeanne and treated like family. I consider all of them to be life long friends. Butch will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 04:54pm via Condolence

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