Earl "Bucky" G. Gruber

Earl "Bucky" G. Gruber, 72, of Collinsville, Illinois, born Tuesday, May 7, 1940, in Willisville, IL, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Mercy Hospital  in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was a member of  East Lodge #504 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies.  He was a lifetime member of Ainad Shrine "Patrol".    Bucky was a charter member of Our Lord's Luthern Church in Maryville, IL.  He was a member of Local 520 of the Operating Engineers, seniority #2, also having served in the Union Hall as the Business Manager.  Bucky was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the Ft. Meyers, Florida greyhound track.  He enjoyed geneology and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.  He was a die-hard Democrat.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: Earl J. and Imogene nee Gerlitz Gruber
  • Brother: Donald R. Gruber
  • Sister: Patsy Grenard
  • Nephew: Scott Bossetto

He is survived by his:

  • Beloved wife: Julie nee Bossetto Gruber whom he married on September 9, 1961 at Trinity Lutheran Church, East St. Louis, IL
  •  Daughters
    • Dana (Mark) Callahan of Collinsville, IL
    • Diana (Billy) Huster of Collinsville, IL
    • Denise (Chris) Tiemann of Collinsville, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Emily
    • Jacob
    • Luke
    • Paul
    • Zach
    • Abby
    • Sam
    • John Earl
  • Brothers and Sister In Law
    • Dominic (Sharon) Bossetto
    • Bill Gernard
  • Nieces and Nephews
    • Christopher
    • Lisa
    • Kelly
    • Christina
    • Michaele
    • Ivy
    • Devin
    • Jennifer
  • Many Great Nieces and Nephew
  • Beloved Pet Bella Baby
  • Brothers and Sisters United in Labor

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or Our Lord's Lutheran Church.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, May, 18, 2012 with a Masonic Service at 7:00 pm at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL and from 9:30 am - 10:30 am Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am at the Kurrus Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. John D. Lottes officiating.  Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Condolences left for Earl "Bucky" G. Gruber:

    Denise and family,
    It is with great sadness to hear of your father's passing. Please know that I am keeping you very close in my thoughts and prayers during this time. With heartfelt and deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Gloria Rios

    Gloria Rios

    Julie, Dana, Diana, Denise and family. My heart breaks for you but I know Bucky's kind soul is in a better place now. Although we will miss him here on earth he will always be with you!

    Tammy Owens Collinsville Il 62062

    Diana, Denise, Dana and the rest of your family we are so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. You will be in our thoughts.
    Scott, Tricia, Dani and Blake Blackard

    Scott and Tricia Blackard Collinsville IL 62234

    Denise, Diana & Dana, I am so sorry about your dad. You're in my thoughts

    Maureen Provence Maryville Illinois 62062

    Julie, Dana, Diana and Denise: Bucky and I were best of friends since we were 12. I could not have asked for a more loyal, supportive and sympathetic friend than he was. I can understand why he was such a great husband, father and grandfather to all of you.

    Wayne Chisenhall Troy Illinois 62294

    Bucky has been such a great neighbor. He is truly gonna be missed.

    Jason Kell Collinsville Il 62234

    I will keep you and your family in my prayers, Denise and Diana

    Ina Bowling Troy Illinois 62294