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Stanley G. Gruber

January 16th, 1933 – April 2nd, 2020

Stanley G. Gruber, 87, of Bartonville, IL passed away at 11:45 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at his home. He was born on January 16, 1933 in Astoria, IL, the son of Jesse and Bessie (Bucher) Gruber. Stanley married Nancy Jakoby on July 12, 1952. Nancy preceded Stanley in death in January in 2005.

Also preceding him in death are his 3 sisters, 3 brothers, 1 grandchild, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his 4 sons, James (and Janice) Gruber, with whom he resided, John (and Diane) Gruber, Mike (and Kim) Gruber, all of Bartonville, IL, and Stan (and Carrie) Gruber of Dunlap, IL, 2 daughters, Carol (and Dale) Smith of Englewood, FL and Cathy (and John) Hawksworth of Winchester, TN, 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and brother, Bob (and Joyce) Becker of Washington state.

He worked for Santa Fe Railroad, TPW, and Burlington Northern as a conductor and brakeman switchman until retirement.

He was past president of Hollis Consolidated School Board. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus in Canton, IL. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and spending time with family.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service for cremated remains will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 10:00 am at the Astoria Cemetery. The family would like to thank Unity Point Hospice for their care. Memorials may be made to Unity Point Hospice, 221 NE Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61636


April 6th, 2020

So sorry for the passing of Stanley. He was a good friend and we have many good memories of fellowship and fun with him in his earlier days in Astoria. We saw him a few times after he left Astoria. It was always a joy to see him again. Prayers for all of you. Please let Astoria know when you can have his celebration of life. Barbara and Ray Hamm.

April 8th, 2020

Mike and family I’m sorry to hear about your father’s passing I remember back when we worked together how well you talked about your father. Thinking of you and your family Brad Kromphardt

April 9th, 2020

We are sorry to hear of Stanley's passing. He and Nancy were such nice people and I always enjoyed visiting with them when I was the Home Health nurse for Nancy's Mom. I pray that God will comfort each of you during this difficult time. Melba and Bob Baker

April 9th, 2020

Jim and Janice, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Judy Wilson

August 26th, 2020

Well Stanley a long time since You, Nancy and I took a ride to Pocahontas Arkansas so you and Nancy could be married. Since I had a tie on the justice of peace tried to line Nancy and I up for the ceremony. Well that was shortly corrected and you and Nancy were wed for the first time. Of course as soon as Mike Jakoby found out he hauled you and Nancy to the local Catholic Church for a proper marriage. I missed that one. Through the years we all remained friends although being distance apart we seldom seen each other we will always be friends. My condolences to your family. Lee R France, Astoria buddy.