CANFIELD, Ohio – Lloyd H. Gruver, 84, died at his Canfield home on Saturday, December 30, 2017 after a short illness.
Lloyd was born on October 15, 1933 in Youngstown, Ohio, the seventh child of Jared and Florence Yeager Gruver.
He attended East High School until he left school in order to enlist in the U.S. Army on his 17th birthday. He did his 16 weeks of basic training at Ft. Knox and was shipped out to Seoul, Korea.
He did two tours of duty with the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, in 1951 and 1952. While written up in Stars & Stripes and The Youngstown Vindicator over tossing a grenade in to a nest of an enemy mortar unit, he refused any awards. The only award he accepted and was proud of was the CIB, the Combat Infantry Badge. In talking about his days as a rifleman, he would only say he was a front line foot soldier and never knew where in Korea he was. He was injured when an enemy mortar shell exploded near him, blowing out his eardrum, which was not reconstructed until a decade later. After treatment in a hospital in Japan, he was shipped stateside to Camp Breckinridge in order to serve out his tour.
Upon his return to Youngstown, Lloyd worked as a milkman for the Isaly Diary Company. He was then hired into the General Motors Lordstown plant. He worked there until his retirement in 1994. He also volunteered as a firefighter with the Austintown Fire Department. He served with the department, rising to the rank of captain and retired after nearly 40 years of service. He was a dedicated firefighter and was very proud when both a son and grandson also became firefighters.
Lloyd was a member of Victory Christian Center, Coitsville, where he served as a deacon. He volunteered in the food pantry, he was a member of the Hospital Visitation Team and was an altar worker.
He was also a proud member of the Korean War Veterans Association.
He served as the Representative at Large at Holiday Camplands in Andover, Ohio.
Besides his parents, Lloyd was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna Jean States Gruver; his brothers, James and William and his sisters, Dorothy, Betty, Florence, Eleanor and Donna.
In addition to his wife, Marlene McHenry Gruver, he is survived by his daughter, Patricia Gruver of Austintown; his sons, James (Janice) Gruver of Hubbard, John Gruver of Las Vegas, Nevada and John (Kim) McHenry of Austintown; grandsons, David Gruver of Caldwell, Ohio, Paul Gruver of Perrysburg, Ohio, John (Allison) McHenry of Mars, Pennsylvania, Joshua (Courtney) McHenry of Youngstown and Jared McHenry of Austintown, great-granddaughters Bailey and Madison McHenry of Mars, Pennsylvania and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be on Friday, January 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home in Austintown.
Friends may call on Thursday, January 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m and again from 9:30 a.m until the time of services on Friday, January 5 at the funeral home.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, January 3 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.