Lawrence Lancaster Gruber, Jr, 79, passed away at his home in Enola, PA on December 26, 2022, leaving behind his loving wife of 54 years Rebecca L. (FOSTER) Gruber. He is survived by his children:
SON – Mark A. Gruber and partner, Jody M. Marler. Grandchildren: Kendra Anne Klinger (Joseph) and Jewely Elizabeth Mamistvalov (Nukri) Great-Grandsons: Oskar Suliko and Roman Maxwell.
DAUGHTER – Heidi M. Holko (Michael). Grandchildren: Calvin Michael, Haley Mae, Autumn Sky and Jeremiah Joshua.
DAUGHTER – Heather R.A. Lee (Andrew). Grandchildren: Thomas Andrew and Amanda Jordan.
Larry, as he was known to friends and family, was born in Harrisburg, PA, on August 17, 1943. He was the son of Lawrence Lancaster Gruber, Sr, and Ruth Elleanor (HUMMEL) Gruber both of whom preceded him in death. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Leonard Wayne, and younger brother, Michael Hall. He is survived by his sister, Suzanne (GRUBER) Daggs, of Mechanicsburg, PA and Ruth Ellen Gruber of Harrisburg, PA. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Enola, PA.
Larry graduated from Central Dauphin Vo-Tech. He served as Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Infantry Division and was a member of the American Legion 1001 in Harrisburg, PA. He received his certification for Arc Welding from Lincoln Technical Institute. Larry was a member of the Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Worker’s Local 404 where he worked for 33 years. He was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from the Home Builder’s Association of Metropolitan in Harrisburg for the fabrication of the present-day Gunn-Mowery Building in Lemoyne, PA. He taught the apprenticeship program for Local 404 for 10 years.
After retirement, Larry received his HVAC, electrical and plumbing certifications and was employed as a maintenance technician at Camelot Village (now Kings Crossing Apartments), and Summerdale Apartments.
Larry will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and neighbors whom he always had jokes and stories to tell. When asked how his day was, Larry always replied, “Every day is a holiday!” He loved talking about the trades with his family, for which he was a very talented craftsman. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s many school and sporting events. He frequented music concerts with his wife, loved spending time with his cats, his grand pups, and his grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at Ft. Indiantown Gap, date and time to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Nobody’s Cats Foundation; 3909 Hartzdale Drive, Camp Hill, PA, or the Humane Society of Harrisburg; 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg PA.
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gruber family.