Rev. Robert J. Gruber passed from this life on June 29, 2022 at the age of 96. He lived a long, full, joyous life and was a blessing to all he touched. He was born in Camden Hill, PA to Lillian King and Harry Pollock Gruber. He married his great love, Charolene Noel, and they held hands through life for 74 years.
He worked early in life as a metallurgic statistician in the steel industry, but in his mid twenties accepted that he was called to the ministry. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and earned his MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. During his career he served churches in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and retired in Hot Springs, North Carolina. They continued to live in Hot Springs until 2012 when they moved to Douglasville, GA.
Rev. Gruber's great joy was family gatherings. He loved to read, travel and to sing in choirs and choruses. He was an expert photographer and videographer starting in the 1940s (we have the 8mm movies to show for it). He was an enthusiastic player of card and board games. The scorekeeper always wins. His great grandchildren will always remember to save room for dessert, especially if it's chocolate ice cream.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Donald Gruber.
He is survived by his wife Charolene Noel Gruber; children and spouses, Dianne Gruber(George Kraushaar) of Townsend, TN, Jim (Pat) Gruber of Lakeland, FL and Bobbi Gruber of Douglasville, GA; grandchildren and spouses Charlene (Chad), Mike (Crystal), Renee, Brian, Zach, Bruce (Kristin) and Eric; great grandchildren Lilliana, Matthew, MacKenzie, Carlyle, Laila, Damien, Tosha, Allie.
According to Mr. Gruber's wishes he was cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 9190 Campbellton St, Douglasville GA 30134.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to First Presbyterian Church https://fpcdouglasville.org/nextsteps
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