Victor A. Gruling

Aug. 15, 1959 - April 22, 2011

Victor A. Gruling, 88, of Montello, passed away peacefully Friday, April 22, 2011, at the Montello Care Center. Victor was born in Hamburg to Robert C. and Otilie (Zastrow) Gruling.

He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II under Gen. Eisenhower.

On Aug. 15, 1959, he married Leola Richmond in Athens.

They settled in the Waukesha area and Victor worked for International Harvester in Waukesha for 23 years. Upon moving to the Montello area in the early 1970s, he continued in that trade; fixing local farmerís large equipment. He enjoyed fixing cars and tractors, as well as woodworking and working in his garden.

Victor leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Leola, and six children, Bonnie (Joe) Leitinger of Waukesha, Tom (Jan) of Kansasville, Kathy (Randy) Wagner of DeForest, Vicki Gruling of Milwaukee, Mark (Cathy) of Tomah and David (Angie) of Menomonee Falls. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as three siblings, Walter, Betty (Bob) Tierney and Bob (Eppie).

Victor was preceded in death by his parents and two children, Yvonne and Greg.

Visitation will be held from noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service Thursday, April 28, at the Crawford Funeral Home, 453 E. Park St., Montello.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

Crawford Funeral Home of Montello is serving the family. For more information, call 608-297-2268 or visit online at