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William J. "Bill" Gruber

William J. "Bill" Gruber

William J. “Bill” Gruber, age 89 of Durand, died peacefully Friday, February 9, 2018 at the American Lutheran Home in Mondovi.

Bill was born on August 30, 1928 in the Town of Canton, Buffalo County, rural Durand. He was the son of John and Mary (Bauer) Gruber. Bill grew up on the family farm in the Town of Canton and attended Sacred Heart School in Lima. Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He was Honorably Discharged in 1953. On May 4, 1953, Bill married Marie Anibas at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle. After marriage, Bill and Marie farmed and raised their family on the home farm. Bill lived on the farm until his health forced him to move to Mondovi.

Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and going to the casino. He was a lifelong member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Durand Sportsmen’s Club. Most of all, Bill loved spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marie, children; Dale (Laurel) of Durand, Diane (Gordy) Erickson of River Falls, Doug (Donna) of Durand, Doris (Ron) Domeier of Owatonna, MN, eight grandchildren; Jody (Jake) Fedie, Tom Gruber, Carrie (Josh) Larson, Kayla (Jon) Bergman, Kristin Erickson, Justin (Krista) Gruber, Carissa Domeier and Ryan Domeier, nine great grandchildren; one brother; Larry (Rita) of Durand, sisters-in-law; Arly Gruber of Rock Falls, Marty Gruber of Chippewa Falls, Leona Gruber of Durand, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister; Evelyn “Blondie” (Hubert) Sabelko and brothers; Kenneth “Nodz”, Clarence “Freck” and Glenn “PeeWee”.

Funeral Mass will be 11:30 AM Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima in Durand with Rev. Paul Bosco officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until the time of services at the church on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill’s name to Holy Rosary Catholic Church or the local charity of your choice.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Jack & Carole Komro

    Marie & Family, You have our deepest sympathy on Bill's death.prayers are with you, Jack & Carole

  2. Kris Polzer

    Sending our sympathy to Bill's family.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  3. Ron & Theresa Becker

    Marie & Family,
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  4. Lavina Olson & Family

    We were sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you, Marie, and your family.

  5. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Sending our sympathy.

  6. Colleen & Tom Garnevicus

    Dear Marie and Family,
    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you! You are in our prayers. May all the great memories sustain you in these difficult times!

    Colleen & Tom

  7. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our sympathy to you Marie and your family.

  8. Pat Rosenberg

    My deepest sympathy and prayers to Marie and the rest of the family.
    May Bill rest in peace.
    Pat Rosenberg

  9. Amanda Glaus

    I am very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Deb Colleen

    I'm so sorry for your loss and that I can't be there.

    Love, Deb

  11. Beth & Dennis Smith

    So sorry to hear about Bill. He will be missed. Praying for your family.

  12. Jane & Ron Poeschel

    Our deepest condolences to you all.

  13. Dick and Donna Karshbaum

    You all are in our Prayers, You Have our Deepest Sympathy, God Bless !!!!!!!

  14. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry to read of your loss. Take our prayers are with you

  15. Larry and Rita Gruber

    Our sympathy Marie and all the family

  16. Dick & Jan Bates

    Family of Bill Gruber:
    Sorry for your loss. Bill will be missed but is in the loving arms of the Lord. We will remember him in our prayers.

    Dick & Jan Bates

  17. Jean Gardner

    Condolences Marie and rest of family. May he RIP!cg

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