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RIP - Dave (The General) Gruber

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I guess this is considerably late, but I just heard about it on Benelli's American Bird Hunter, recorded earlier today.

 

Published in the Lansing State Journal - December 27, 2005

 

Gruber, David

 

Gruber, David D. Laingsburg, MI On Friday, December 23, 2005 Dave Gruber our father, friend and hunting partner left us without warning. Dave was at home preparing for his next hunting trip accompanied by his two faithful Brittany Spaniels, Peaches and Holly when he died from an accidental fall.

 

Dave was born March 29, 1938 in Marlette, MI, the oldest son of Dalton and Helen Gruber.

He graduated from Hillsdale High School and Michigan State University before beginning his professional career with Dow Chemical.

Dave was consistently among the top ten pharmaceutical sales professionals for the company winning numerous awards for his excellent performance during his nearly 30 year career.

 

Dave's lifelong love of the outdoors was rewarded with a second career that began in 1994 when he began working with Wolf Creek Productions, Inc. of Perry, MI.

Dave became a regular on the Outdoor Channel on his son's program Outdoor America. His knowledge of the outdoors was unsurpassed and he could recite facts at the drop of a dime whether you were interested or not.

There are few people who could recite the 28 species of North American game birds complete with scientific facts about each one and if you cared to listen that was often just the beginning.

 

His passion for and dedication to Wolf Creek Productions, Inc. was rewarded once again in 1998 with the launch of Benelli's American Birdhunter on The Outdoor Channel. The series was quickly recognized as one of the best outdoor programs anywhere and soon began to win the highest awards in the industry.

 

At the time of his death, The General as he had been nicknamed several years earlier, was preparing for another trip to film new episodes for 2006.

 

Although he had no formal training in broadcasting his unique and vivid personality made him a natural in front of the camera.

Along the trail he made numerous lifelong friends that are also feeling a profound loss today. He was a voracious reader his entire life and that kept him informed and interesting in matters of the outdoors, finance, current events and much more.

 

There were few topics he could not discuss with some depth of understanding and knowledge. The entire Gruber family, the Wolf Creek family and The General's vast network of friends and acquaintances feel a tremendous sense of emptiness with his passing.

To say whether the world is better or worse is hard to say...but the world is certainly less colorful today than it was with him at our side.

 

Dave is survived by his parents, Dalton and Helen Gruber of Monroe, MI; his brother, Paul Gruber of Greenville, SC; three sons, Shane (Susan) of Webberville, Scott of Holland, MI, Steve (Alyssa) of Williamston; and nine grandchildren, Melody, Nicki, Amy, Emily, Marshall, Alyssa, Katie, Kelly and Madison.

Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

 

Though Dave rarely attended regular church services he often spoke of God and Christ making references to our Lord both in front of the camera and in private. We trust he is in good hands today.

 

May the dogs point hard and the birds flush wild!

 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29th, 11:00 a.m. at the Williamston Free Methodist Church, 4400 N. Williamston Road, Williamston with the Rev. Doug Bradshaw, officiating.

 

The family will receive friends at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Middle Street, Williamston Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

 

Those desiring may make contributions to the Delta Water Fowl, 1305 E. Central Avenue, Bismark, ND 50501 in memory of Dave.

 

[ 01-16-2006, 08:28 PM: Message edited by: tucker301 ]

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His son, president of Wolf Creek, did a tribute show yesterday on the Outdoor Channel.

 

Although the circumstances are truly tragic, it was pretty neat to have production quality video of him that could be saved forever.

 

They did a great job of showing his knowledge of the outdoors, his dry humor, and his love of nature and the shooting sports.

 

He'll be missed.

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Originally posted by tucker301:

I guess this is considerably late, but I just heard about it on Benelli's American Bird Hunter, recorded earlier today.

 

Published in the Lansing State Journal - December 27, 2005

 

Gruber, David

 

Gruber, David D. Laingsburg, MI On Friday, December 23, 2005 Dave Gruber our father, friend and hunting partner left us without warning. Dave was at home preparing for his next hunting trip accompanied by his two faithful Brittany Spaniels, Peaches and Holly when he died from an accidental fall.

 

Dave was born March 29, 1938 in Marlette, MI, the oldest son of Dalton and Helen Gruber.

He graduated from Hillsdale High School and Michigan State University before beginning his professional career with Dow Chemical.

Dave was consistently among the top ten pharmaceutical sales professionals for the company winning numerous awards for his excellent performance during his nearly 30 year career.

 

Dave's lifelong love of the outdoors was rewarded with a second career that began in 1994 when he began working with Wolf Creek Productions, Inc. of Perry, MI.

Dave became a regular on the Outdoor Channel on his son's program Outdoor America. His knowledge of the outdoors was unsurpassed and he could recite facts at the drop of a dime whether you were interested or not.

There are few people who could recite the 28 species of North American game birds complete with scientific facts about each one and if you cared to listen that was often just the beginning.

 

His passion for and dedication to Wolf Creek Productions, Inc. was rewarded once again in 1998 with the launch of Benelli's American Birdhunter on The Outdoor Channel. The series was quickly recognized as one of the best outdoor programs anywhere and soon began to win the highest awards in the industry.

 

At the time of his death, The General as he had been nicknamed several years earlier, was preparing for another trip to film new episodes for 2006.

 

Although he had no formal training in broadcasting his unique and vivid personality made him a natural in front of the camera.

Along the trail he made numerous lifelong friends that are also feeling a profound loss today. He was a voracious reader his entire life and that kept him informed and interesting in matters of the outdoors, finance, current events and much more.

 

There were few topics he could not discuss with some depth of understanding and knowledge. The entire Gruber family, the Wolf Creek family and The General's vast network of friends and acquaintances feel a tremendous sense of emptiness with his passing.

To say whether the world is better or worse is hard to say...but the world is certainly less colorful today than it was with him at our side.

 

Dave is survived by his parents, Dalton and Helen Gruber of Monroe, MI; his brother, Paul Gruber of Greenville, SC; three sons, Shane (Susan) of Webberville, Scott of Holland, MI, Steve (Alyssa) of Williamston; and nine grandchildren, Melody, Nicki, Amy, Emily, Marshall, Alyssa, Katie, Kelly and Madison.

Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

 

Though Dave rarely attended regular church services he often spoke of God and Christ making references to our Lord both in front of the camera and in private. We trust he is in good hands today.

 

May the dogs point hard and the birds flush wild!

 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29th, 11:00 a.m. at the Williamston Free Methodist Church, 4400 N. Williamston Road, Williamston with the Rev. Doug Bradshaw, officiating.

 

The family will receive friends at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Middle Street, Williamston Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

 

Those desiring may make contributions to the Delta Water Fowl, 1305 E. Central Avenue, Bismark, ND 50501 in memory of Dave.

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