Reinhold E. Gruel Jr.
Reinhold E. Gruel Jr. passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at age 80.
He was the beloved husband and soulmate of Margaret (nee Anderson); loving father of Janice (Vern) Kamholtz, Joan (Stuart) Swessel, Julie (Steven) LeBlanc and Jennifer (Allen) Johnson; adoring grandfather of Jeremy (LeighAnn), Scott, Sondra, Trevor, Tyler (Anna) and Ashley; great-grandfather of Alex, Kayla, Lauren, Trenton and Aubree. He is further survived by his step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Buss; sisters-in-law, Alice Schroeder and Grace Anderson; and many nieces, nephews, foreign exchange students and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reinhold and Hilda (nee Kraemer).
Jake was very active in his community, his church and the Vasa Order of America.
Jake served his church as a deacon and held many other positions over the years. His clear voice could be heard when he read the lessons for the day and when he preached an occasional sermon. He accepted leadership roles in the Swedish Lodge- Vasa at the local, district and grand levels. He also served on the Vasa National Archives Board in Bishop Hill, Ill. Jake had served on many other boards, usually as the chairman or president. He was an active amateur radio operator, K9MWF, since 1956. Jake served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After his four years of service, he returned to Wisconsin Bell until he took an early retirement at the age of 49. He and Marge founded JM Gruel Enterprises Ltd. in 1982. The business closed in November of 2012 due to his illness.
A memorial gathering will be held from 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Christ the Victor Lutheran Church, 15700 W. Coffee Road, New Berlin, with a memorial service at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jake’s name to one of the following: Christ the Victor Lutheran Church, VASA Scholarship Fund or the Wisconsin Lutheran College Scholarship Fund.
Special thanks to his physicians, Drs. Tanel, Rodrieguez, Zarling and Elongovan, and the staff at Purity Dialysis Center and Seasons Hospice Care for all your care and support given.
Jake had a very inventive mind, a ready smile and a helping hand for anyone who needed him. He will be truly missed!