Criss H. Gruver, passed away peacefully July 1, 2021 at his homeplace in rural Tell City where he lived most of his 91 years.
Born April 6, 1930, in Tell City, he was the son of the late Albert J. and Cora (Criss) Gruver. He attended Covey and Howell grade schools, graduated from Tell City High School in 1948 and attended Evansville College (now the University of Evansville).
Criss served in Korea with the United States Army as a combat engineer and medic.
He married Agnes C. Sifrig on April 28, 1956 at St. Paul Catholic Church.
He was an avid reader of westerns, history books and the Bible. Criss enjoyed coin and pocket knife collecting, hiking in Perry County and mowing his large yard and fields. His work history included working at Gaylord Container Corp. in St. Louis, Whirlpool in Evansville, Tell City Furniture Co, Tell City Woodcrafters, Perry County Highway Department,was a bus driver for the Perry Central School Corp, hauling logs, water and farming.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 8 sisters, Maxine Woodruff, Marguerite (Peggy) Heck, Georgia (Jo) Chapman, Marie Heck, Edna Carter, Florence Sanders, Ruth Disher and Arlene Chapple.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Agnes (Sifrig) Gruver, a son Kevin Gruver, daughters, Cindy Malone and Linda (Alan) Bettis; a grandson, Aaron Malone, a step-granddaughter, Pamela Bettis; a brother Walden (Wally) Gruver and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 11:00am Tuesday July 6, 2021 at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery with military honors.
There will be a visitation from 3:00pm to 7:00pm Monday and 9:00am to service time Tuesday at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or the American Red Cross.
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