OTTUMWA — Arthur “Art” F. Gruber, 90, of Timber Ridge Assisted Living, went to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his home.
He was born January 11, 1924, in Osceola to August F. and Grace E. Neff Gruber. He married Frances L. Altheide on November 1, 1942.
A 1942 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Art was a World War II Army veteran serving in the Pacific.
He had worked at John Deere Ottumwa Works and had farmed. In 1965, he moved to Wyoming, where he worked in aviation as service manager. He worked in aviation service in airports in Utah, Idaho and Colorado, retiring to Ottumwa in 1987.
He was a member of Zion Community Church of God, a volunteer for the Red Cross, having served on several disaster missions. He volunteered for the Ecumenical Lord’s Cupboard and was a member of Ottumwa Regional Health Center Auxiliary. He helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity and helped rebuild the Hickory Grove Church after a fire. Art was a blood donor, donating more than 20 gallons in his lifetime.
Surviving is his wife of more than 71 years, Frances; six daughters, Sandra Orman of Blakesburg, Janice (Don) Francis of Nevis, Minn., Karen Burchfield of Denver, Colo., Jenny Campbell of Spring Green, Wis., Polly (Shep Shepard) Huffman of Cedar Rapids, Peggy (Tom) Christy of Ottumwa; 16 grandchildren, Mike Orman, Bonnie McMullin, Jim Orman, David Francis, Gail Francis, Tim Francis, Christy Brandt, John Burchfield, Frank Burchfield, Jessica Campbell, Christopher Campbell, Kelly Huffman, Mitchell Huffman, Annie Delaplane, Heather Kelly, Jenny Williams; 26 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale (Ruby) Gruber of Longmont, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Ora Goode of Wichita, Kan.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons-in-law, Kenneth Orman and John Burchfield.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Zion Community Church of God with Pastor Jesse Elkins officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military services conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Community Church of God or The Good Samaritan Hospice.