Obituary: Robert Gruwell

Robert Earl “Bob” Gruwell, 80, of Sweet Home died early ont he morning of Oct. 16, 2009 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis surrounded by his family’s love.

He was born in Dunlap, Kan. to Willard and Lillian (Faulkner) Gruwell where he was raised on their family’s farm. He moved to Orange County, Calif., where he met and married Mary Florence Richmond. They had six children.

He worked for Firestone Rubber Company for 25 years before moving to Sweet Home in 1981. He always loved Oregon and knew he would settle here.

He went to work for the Elks Lodge and worked there 27 years. He married Vivian Goodman in 2001.

Mr. Gruwell enjoyed making things out of wood. He made shelves, birdhouses, planters and wishing wells. He also loved to cook, BBQ and having his family and friends over. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up around him. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, camping, fishing and visiting the Oregon coast.

Mr. Gruwell is survived by his wife Vivian; daughters Cathee and son-in-law Tom Leysack of Orange County, Calif., Debbe and son-in-law Terry Walczyk of Sweet Home, and Jennifer and son-in-law Jose Hermosillo of Sweet Home; sons Jack and wife Sharon of Wisconsin, Michael Gruwell of Sweet Home, David Gruwell of Sweet Home, and step-son Jonathon and daughter-in-law Valerie Brandemihl of Arizona; brother, Roy Gruwell; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother; father; and brothers Sam and Donald.

No services are planned. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.