Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

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Alfred "Al" Gruessner

September 29, 1935July 28, 2019

Alfred Warren Gruessner, 83, went to be with his wife Rita on Sunday, July 28, 2019.

He died peacefully at his home in Melbourne, FL. Al was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. After his father’s death at a young age, Al was raised by his mother in Monongahela, PA. He enlisted in the Air Force where he served four years including tours in Japan and Korea. After discharge, Al married Rita and they raised their family in Amherst, OH. Al spent his career as a civilian air traffic controller. After an early retirement, Al and Rita moved to Melbourne where they enjoyed volunteering at the King Center for the Performing Arts and the Ascension Catholic Church food pantry. Al was an avid golfer and skier and remained committed to his physical fitness routine throughout his entire life. He was active in the lives of his grandchildren in FL, TX and VT.

Al was preceded in death by his beloved wife Rita; his parents, Alfred and Hedwig, and is survived by his sister Lorraine Baker of Monongahela, Pa; his daughter, Michele Mills (Rick) of DeSoto, TX; sons: Michael of Satellite Beach, FL; and Barry (Emily Miller) of South Burlington, VT; seven grandchildren: Cody, Justin, Kaci, Jacob, Kyle, Peter, and Jonas; and many nieces and nephews.

Al’s ashes will be placed together with Rita’s in a private service. Donations in celebration of Al’s life can be made to Ascension Catholic Church: 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935 or to Hospice of St. Francis: 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville, FL 32780, or in his memory to the charity of your choosing.


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Alfred "Al" Gruessner

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