Longtime Greybull, Wyo. resident Frank Gruber, age 91, passed away at South Big Horn County Hospital between Greybull and Basin, Wyo., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
Frank was born April 2, 1921 in Acme, Wyo., the son of Joseph and Susanna (Sperl) Gruber. Frank attended Acme Grade School, grades 1-8, and grade 9 at Sheridan High School.
Frank served in the United States Navy as a machinist’s mate (2C) and served on the auxiliary repair ships, the USS Copahee and the USS Avocet in the Aleutian Islands. He received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
After his honorable discharge from the United States Navy, Frank worked at the Monarch Coal Mine as an underground coal miner for the next four years.
Frank moved to Greybull, Wyo., in 1950. He was hired by the CB&Q Railroad and Burlington Northern in 1950 and worked his way up to being a conductor at his retirement in 1981 at Greybull. Frank was always very appreciative of his employment opportunity with the railroad and made many friendships with his fellow railroad employees.
Frank belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 186 in Sheridan, Wyo., since 1940 and had received his official “Golden Age” membership for his 72 years. Frank also was a life member of the Greybull Elks BPOE Lodge 1431 and had maintained his membership for the past 53 years. He also had 46 years continuous membership since July 1966 with the United Transportation Union, Local #1279.
One of Frank’s personal passions was to purchase new automobiles about every three or four years when he was younger and he would always make every effort to maintain their mechanical efficiency and special outside appearance by solving the weather problems through the use of a garage.
The Gruber family would like to personally thank Dr. Fitzsimmons and Dr. Demar Hill along with the nursing staff at South Big Horn County Hospital for their compassion and efforts to make Frank as comfortable as possible during the past month with his medical problems.
Frank was a person who was not shy about his personal opinions, both positive and negative on current political issues and concerns related to the national and state affairs. Frank was an avid reader and kept well informed by reading recent newspapers and current magazines.
His Polish polka songs and professional bull rider’s programs were a required and pleasurable action taken during the week.
Frank had made many personal friends in Greybull and loved living in his Sunset Apartment. Harry and Janet Evans were very supportive and helpful, especially this past month, and he felt blessed to have received their efforts and many others to make his personal health problems seem minor with their help.
He will always be remembered and loved by his immediate Gruber family members. He was a special person that loved the town of Greybull and its people.
Frank was preceded in death by his brother Siegfried; sister Theresa; father Joseph Gruber and mother Susanna Gruber.
Frank is survived by his brothers Edward Gruber of Sacramento, Calif., and Richard Gruber of Billings, Mont.; his sister Josephine Benz of Lincoln City, Ore., and his nieces and nephews.
Per Frank’s wishes, no services are planned. His ashes will be interred beside his parents and brother in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery plot a later date.
Memorials in Frank’s name can be sent to Bank of Greybull, 601 Greybull Ave., Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the Senior Citizens Center at 417 South Second Street in Greybull, Wyo.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.