Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors

5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, TX


Dr. Robert William Gruebel

April 23, 1924June 20, 2016
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Dr. Robert William Gruebel passed away Monday, June 20, 2016, at his residence in Nacogdoches, Texas, at the age of 92 years.

A native of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Dr. Gruebel was born April 23, 1924, as a son of the late Ralph and Seena Gruebel. He had lived in Nacogdoches for 45 years and faithfully served on the faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Gruebel was a U.S. Navy veteran, retiring from a 20-year career including service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

His survivors include his wife, Jo Carlson of Nacogdoches, Texas; along with their children, Robert Gruebel, Ralph Gruebel, Ronald Carlson, Gregory Carlson, Mark Carlson, and James "Bo" Carlson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Eleanor Jane Gruebel, wife; Diane Ford Gruebel, wife; and Dr. Barbara Gruebel, daughter.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Services are set for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Cason Monk-Metcalf's Sunset Chapel, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, located at on Lanana Street in Nacogdoches.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, located at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches, Texas.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 23, 2016
  • Committal Service Thursday, June 23, 2016


Dr. Robert William Gruebel

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Jessica Davis

July 21, 2016

Rest in peace, Professor Gruebels. Your class was the coolest, most eccentric class I ever took. I looked forward to going to your Victorian house that you so graciously opened up to us once a week to personally handle your non western art collection. No other art history class I've ever taken at SFA or in graduate school at Texas Tech has allowed me that same experience. Thanks for the fond memories.

James Nick

June 29, 2016

Very sad news...A great SFA Professor and WWII Veteran is gone...He was on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in Torpedo Squadron Ten during the war...He and others tried to save the USS Enterprise from being scrapped after the war, but to no avail...The USS Enterprise was one of the most decorated ships of WWII, and Dr. Gruebel knew first hand what a great loss it would be that she would be scrapped...I am very thankful to have had this great Professor at SFA...May the Lord comfort the family in this time of loss.

Jill Carrington

June 26, 2016

I appreciate our friendship and his and Jo's generosity to the School of Art in so many ways. Our students and the SFA community benefitted immensely from his expertise and collection of African, Oceanic and Northwest Coast art. What a gift that students in his World Traditions in Art got to experience the art in person during every class meeting.

James Alexander

June 24, 2016

I always enjoyed being around Dr. Gruebel. He was a man of many interests and abilities. I will miss him.

Jonathan Belew

June 24, 2016

The most incredible man I have ever known. I knew him for twelve years, but that was minimal when compared to his 20 years in the military, 45 years in Nacogdoches. He earned his Bachelor's at 40. His son received his Bachelor's degree on the same day he turned in his PhD thesis. Shot down 8 times in WWII. 8! He was my first Physics professor and in all I got to take 5 classes from him both graduate and undergraduate. I will be forever grateful to this man. He set me on the course on which I still remain. The world lost a very special person. In a University of Arkansas Alumni update, Dr. Gruebel was asked when he might retire or do something different. His response was when I find something I enjoy more than teaching. He obviously never did.

You will be missed.

Patricia Huntress

June 23, 2016

Thank you, Dr. Gruebel for making art history classes enjoyable, personal and memorable....you will always be remembered

Connor O'Leary

June 23, 2016

Dr Gruebel saw beauty in the world, wether in his pursuit of knowledge or love of art. I couldn't have wished for a better professor to begin my studies with. I will not forget him. Best wishes to all his loved ones.

Nic Hirsch

June 22, 2016

Dr. Gruebel taught me a lot. I am glad I was able to get to know him and learn from him. I'll miss him.

Angela Perry

June 22, 2016

I only had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Gruebel for the past two years. I saw what an impact he had on his students and how they respected him as both a teacher and a man who had seen and done it all. I will miss him passing by my office each morning and saying, "Good morning, Angela". No matter what mood I was in, that greeting from him put a huge smile on my face. He was a fighter to the very end!

L West

June 22, 2016

A man for all seasons. Dr. Gruebel never failed to amaze me and as a colleague he was a fine representative of academia; he will be greatly missed at SFA, in Nacogdoches, and in Memorial Cardio Rehab. Rest in peace, professor.