Clarence Gruber Aged 36 Dies; Funeral Friday

Clarence Gruber, son of Joseph A. and Elizabeth Wherley-Gruber, was born near Astoria, Ill., Oct. 3, 1891 and departed this life at the home of his parents northeast of Astoria, Nov. 16, 1927, aged 36 years, 1 month and 13 days.

Clarence was one of those pitifully unfortunate boys, who was handicapped from infancy, but in his early childhood was able to accompany his parents about the home and sometimes attend church and even was able to hum the tunes of such hymns as “Some Sweet Day,” “Nearer My God to Thee,” etc., but was never able to speak the words. The last 18 or 20 years he has been confined to the home where he was given the best care possible, by his devoted parents and members of his family.

He leaves to mourn his departure his father and mother of Astoria, one brother Jesse Gruber of Dixon, Ill., Mrs. Grace Bloomfield of Peoria, Ill., one sister Mrs. Edna Ruth preceded him into the great beyond, passing over July 24, 1927, together with many other relatives.

His departure will be most keenly felt by the parents, because of the many years of the special care he required.

Funeral services were held at the Church of the Brethren Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. F. Caslow of Virden. Interment in cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 11/23/1927

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