Robert R. Gruber, 83, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday (Feb. 19, 2014) at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Gruber was born on Oct. 17, 1930 in Whitesville to Henry and Caroline (Colvin) Gruber. On June 21, 1952, he married Carolyne J. Mitchell, who predeceased him on Jan. 24, 2013.
Robert worked for Air Preheater in Wellsville as a welder for 17 years until his retirement in 1981. He later worked security for Dresser Rand in Wellsville.
Bob is survived by a daughter, Debra (Gary) Powers of Andover; a son, Robert J. (Bonnie Burdick) Gruber of Andover; two brothers, Carol Gruber of Fillmore and Henry Gruber, Jr. of W. Va.; two sisters, Mary Serusa and Joyce Garret, both of Mt. Morris; one son-in-law, Dean Gates of Wellsville; 6 grandchildren, Howard Machinski II, Andrea Williams, Angela Paxton, Robert (Angela Curtis) Gruber III, Toni (Josh) Bronson and Mitchell Gates; 3 step grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, he was predeceased by a son, Ronald R. Gruber; a daughter, Lorraine J. Gates; and two sisters, Gloria Gruber and Doris Gruber.
Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a life member of the NRA. He loved his many pets over the years but his greatest love was for his family and the time he spent with them.
Friends may call on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday from
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Terry Kelly of the Andover United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, 1374 SR 19 South, Wellsville, NY 14895.