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Lawrence F Gruber

Lawrence F Gruber

Lawrence F. “Larry” Gruber, age 86 of Durand, died unexpectedly on July 19, 2022 at AdventHealth Durand after a brief illness with throat cancer.

Larry was born on October 2, 1935. He was the son of Jack and Mary (Bauer) Gruber. Larry grew up in the Lima area and graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School where he met his future wife, Rita Unser. They were married on February 21, 1955 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle. Larry worked at the Durand Creamery and lived in Arkansaw. They later purchased a home in the Lima area and later a farm, where he farmed til his retirement. After retirement, they moved to the City of Durand where he spent the rest of his life.

Larry loved life and people. He liked to bowl, fish, hunt and playing cards at anytime with family and friends. He loved sports, especially the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and was able to watch more than one game at a time.

Larry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rita; children, Randy (Renee) of Durand; Sandy Spindler of Durand; Tammy (John) Helling of New Richmond; Pam (Scott) Rasmussen of Eau Claire and Larry John (Heather) of Durand. Many grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he loved very much and enjoyed their visits. He is further survived by his sisters-in-law, Leona Gruber of Durand, Martha Gruber of Chippewa Falls and Marie Gruber of Mondovi; other relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by Rita, family and friends.

He was the last surviving member of the John and Mary Gruber family and was preceded in death by one son-in-law, David Spindler.

Memorial Mass will be 11:00AM Monday, July 25, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, rural Durand, Rev. Timothy Reither will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00AM until the time of services at the church on Monday.

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


  1. Mrs. Gordon (LaVina) Gifford

    Rita & Family,
    My sincere sympathy to you on the loss of your dear husband & father. May God bless you all.

  2. Dennis & Eileen Bauer

    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Just reading our delayed Courier Wedge of the sad news. We miss Gerald he always kept us informed of family happenings. With love Denny &Eileen

  3. Barb Gibson

    My Sympathy to Rita and Family.


    My condolences to you and your family

  5. Steve and Linda backstrom

    Rita so sorry for your loss Larry was good man.Lets remember the fun 4 wheeling trips!

  6. Pat Petrie /Kurth

    My condolences to your family,

  7. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry for your loss hugs and prayers great man and family

  8. Patricia Bauer

    We are so sorry to hear about Larry, thinking about you Rita and praying for you. Let God guide you through this very hard time.
    Dave and Pat Bauer

  9. Theresa Dematteo

    Pam, Rita, and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Larry was a great guy who will certainly be missed. Thinking of you during this difficult time!
    Terri and Mike Dematteo

  10. Kristine Polzer

    We were saddened to hear of Larry's passing. Sending our sympathy to you Rita and the family.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  11. Jeannine Welty

    So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers for you all. Gods Peace

  12. Maralyn & LaVere Anderson

    So sorry to hear this sad news! Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Rita. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  13. Brenda Smith

    I'm very sorry for the passing of Larry.All of the memories will be with you. God bless

  14. Abraham Barbara A

    So sorry Rita and family. Thinking of you and sending prayers for Larry and all of you.

  15. Dave And Patti Johndon

    Pam, Patti and I are so sorry for your loss.

  16. Sally Steinke

    So sorry to Rita and family for your loss. I loved see the 2 of you when you stopped in for a sandwich. He was such a FUN guy. Hugs

  17. Jack & Donna Barber

    So Sorry For Your Loss ! Deepest Sympathy to you Rita & all your family. God Bless !

  18. Lorelee and Dale Binkowski

    So surprised and saddened with this news, Rita, especially with all that you two have gone through lately. We will keep you and family in our prayers, and wish the peace of God will shine in your hearts.

  19. Ruby Browskowski-Loveday

    So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  20. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.????????????

  21. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Rita and family,

    Sympathy to all. May he Rest In Peace.

  22. Terry and Lori Szklarski

    Sorry to hear about Larry's passing. Our prayers are with you. I'm glad we had the opportunity to see you last summer. We always enjoyed visiting with the two of you.

  23. Pat Rosenberg

    So sorry to hear a dear friend and Chicago Cubs fan has passed away. My deepest sympathy to Rita and family. Maybe he and my dad can get together and cheer on the Cubs and the Packers. May he rest in peace.????????

  24. Marty and Diane Prissel

    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing, our deepest sympathy to all the families.

  25. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Sending our sympathy to you Rita and family and keeping you in our prayers

  26. Kathleen A Lieffring

    So sorry to hear this. My sympathy Rita & family. Thoughts & prayers are with you!

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