James Gruber
  • Born on: November 13, 1932
  • Departed on: April 2, 2024
  • Resided in: Lansing, IA

James Gruber

James (Jim C.) Gruber, 91, of Lansing, IA, passed away peacefully on the morning of April 2, 2024 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon, IA.

A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 pm at TJ Hunter’s Banquet Hall in Lansing. There will be a private family burial Monday, April 15, 2024 at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pastor James “Buck” Buckhahn is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Oak Hill Cemetery.

James Clifford Gruber was born November 13, 1932 to Clifford and Esther (Thompson) Gruber in Lansing, IA. He attended country school until 5th grade and then continued his education in Lansing. He graduated from Lansing High School in 1950. After graduation he farmed with his

Jim was united in marriage to his dancing partner, Jean Wurtzel at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lansing on February 10, 1963. From their union three sons, David, Dennis and Daryl were born. He was a farmer through and through. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his
family, bowling, camping and traveling. He was always up for a good card game of euchre and pinochle. Jim was especially proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed attending their many activities.

James is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jean; his children, David (Karen) of Friendswood, TX, Dennis of Homer Glen, IL, and Daryl (Sandy) of Lansing, IA and eight grandchildren; Danielle (Stephen) Keller, Brandon Gruber, Nathan (Nicole) Gruber, Cordell (Marissa) Gruber, Kaden Gruber, Madelyn (Bryce) Bruns, Meredith (Cade Rasque) Gruber, and Mathias Gruber and his first great grandchild arriving in June 2024; brothers-in-law, Norb (Helen) Wurtzel, Bob Wurtzel, Ron (Marj) Wurtzel, and Don (Julie) Wurtzel as well as many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Ruth and her husband Dick Preston, his father and mother-in-law Delmar and Carrie (Anderson) Wurtzel, brother-in-law Dean Wurtzel and sisters-in-law Teresa Wurtzel and Kay Wurtzel.
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