Elmer F. GruberMarch 10, 1931 ~ January 17, 2018 (age 86)
Elmer F. Gruber, 86, entered into eternal rest on January 17, 2018 at home. Born in the same house in 1931, he was the 7th of 13 children of Norman S. and Mary (Fry) Gruber. Elmer was the husband of Betty Jane (Ginder) Gruber with whom he recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
A life long dairy farmer, he will also be remembered as an enthusiastic listener to Christian radio.
Surviving in addition to his wife Betty Jane, are 7 children, Sandra Witmer, wife of Dennis of Mount Joy, Robert Gruber of Elizabethtown, Kenneth Gruber, husband of Tina of Bainbridge, J. Merle Gruber, husband of Barbara of Middletown, MaryAnn Horsfield, wife of Albert of Ashland, Diane Gruber-Strickland, wife of Steven of Bainbridge and Phillip Gruber, husband of Michele of Bainbridge. Also surviving is a daughter in law, Barbara Detz, of Mechanicsburg; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Roy Gruber of Manheim and Raymond Gruber of Mount Joy; and 2 sisters, Ruth Snyder of Elizabethtown and Edna Tyson of Belle Grove.
He was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Gruber Sr.; 2 brothers; and 6 sisters.
A funeral service honoring Elmer’s life will be held at Word of Life Chapel, 139 Wickersham Road, Bainbridge on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 11:30 AM. Family and friends will be received at the church before the service from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. Interment will be private at Chiques Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Word of Life Chapel, General Fund, 139 Wickersham Road, Bainbridge, PA 17502 or Masonic Villages Hospice, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.