OBITUARY

Gary "Gunny" Leroy Gruesbeck

July 26, 1951April 18, 2021
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Gary (Gunny) L. Gruesbeck, 69, lost his battle with Gastric Cancer and passed away on April 18, 2021. Gary was born on July 26, 1951 in Columbia City. Gary graduated from Cambridge City High School in 1969 and enlisted in the Marine Corp Reserves. Gary participated in the San Francisco Opera in the late 1970s. In 1981, he enlisted in the Army, stationed in Germany. Following his tour, Gary fell in love with his wife, Tracey (Parnin) and married in 1989, welcoming their son, Caes in May of 2002. Gary worked as an apprentice with a Master Framer, framing pictures and paintings, ITT Fort Wayne/Harris Corporation, Pinkerton, where he supervised first responders at GM in Fort Wayne and was Fire Chief in the Marion Plant, Southwest Fire Department EMT Volunteer, and Lutheran Air & Transfer Center Dispatch. Gary had a passion for Amateur Ham Radio and would spend hours speaking with people all over the country and beyond. Gary was very disciplined as was evident from his commitment to Martial Arts and firearms. Gary would also visit the shooting range regularly to continue his marksmanship from achieving riffle expert in the Army. He is survived by his wife Tracey, his son, Caes; in-laws; cousins; nephews and nieces. Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Larry & Mary (Bair) Gruesbeck; his brother, Barry Gruesbeck; and his mother-in-law, Geraldine (Bosch) Vander Wal. A time of sharing and visitation will be Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819. Preferred memorials may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home or Cancer Services of NE Indiana. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.klaehnfahlmeltonfunerals.com for the Gruesbeck family.

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    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Sharon (Bertsch) Fields

April 23, 2021

I am so very sorry to find out that Gary has passed. We were classmates and graduated together from high school. Gary was always such a nice guy to everyone. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. May God comfort you at this time, and may your many memories of Gary bring you peace in the days ahead.

Diana McNew

April 23, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Gary. I was married to Gary's brother, Barry, for a short time in the early 70's. I remember Gary as being a kind and gentle person. I loved listening to him play his guitar and sing. May God speed comfort to your hearts during this time of grief.
Sincerely Diana

Becki Jarvis

April 23, 2021

I was a classmate of Gary's and ran around with him and his brother Barry. Loved them both. So sorry for your loss. Saying prayers for his family.

Kathleen McKee Perkins

April 23, 2021

I remember Gary back in High School. He sang solos and was a very good musician.
Prayers for his family.
Please accept my sympathy.

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