Dana Ray Gruell

March 21, 1963September 15, 2012

Dana Ray Gruell, 49, of Kokomo, died Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the home of his mother where he had been recuperating from an accident.

A Connersville native, Dana was born March 21, 1963, the youngest of three sons of Bobbie L. and Shirley Ann Meek Gruell. In 1981, he graduated from Connersville High School and entered the U.S. Navy. His four years of military service were based in Jacksonville, Florida. Dana most recently had been employed at Delphi in Kokomo as a computer technician. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and will be sorely missed by his family. Dana loved his family, riding his Harley motorcycle and his cats.

Dana is survived by his Mother: Shirley A. Gruell of Connersville; two brothers: Jeffrey L. Gruell of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mark A. Gruell of Greensburg; his Aunt: Betty Jo Hofmann of Oxford, Ohio; his great-Aunt; Inez Maple of Connersville; and several cousins.

Dana is preceded in death by his father, his maternal grandparents: Corinne Hammer and Dale S. Meek; his paternal grandparents: Theodore and Thelma Gruell.

Public graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dale Cemetery with Pastor Mal Gibson of the First Baptist Church officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Fayette County Veterans Council. There will be no public visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 1211 N. Grand Avenue, Connersville. Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, is in charge of the arrangements. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to


  • Public Graveside Services Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Bill Clark

October 5, 2012

My old pal Dana sorry for the loss of a kind soul.Bill Clark

Lois Miller

September 20, 2012

Prayers for the family of Dana

Debbie Angel

September 20, 2012

Prayers going out to the family. God called another good one home.......

Kimberly Allen Steele

September 20, 2012

So sorry for the passing of Dana. I had been in school with him from kindergarten on. He always tried making me laugh when I was a big crying baby in kindergarten. Just found him on Facebook about a year and half ago. RIP Dana

September 19, 2012

So sorry to hear about Dana's passing as we shared many classes and graduation in 1981. Blessings to Dana's family at this sad time.
Jennifer Knight Strawn (Indianapolis, IN)

Greg Tanksley

September 19, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Jeri Mitchell

September 19, 2012

So glad i got 2 reconnect with my classmate he will be missed! prayers for entire family

September 18, 2012

I am saddend with the news of Dana's passing. We just enjoyed a pizza party with Dana last week here at the shop. He LOVED his motorcycle... Was looking forward to rebuilding his HARLEY.Prayers for his family,god bless!
Traci @ Moody Cycle
(Kokomo, IN)

Charles Oliver

September 18, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayer go out to you during this terrible time. I went through school with Dana all the way from elementary. We had just re-connected on FB about a year ago.

Rick Keener

September 18, 2012

Praying for the family of Dana!!!