A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Boston Funeral Home, with Dwaine Habrat officiating. Burial will be at Guardian Angel Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from noon Thursday until the service.
Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Gruba was born May 16, 1923, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Robert and Margaret (White) Gruba. He grew up and attended local schools.
He joined the U.S. Army Feb. 2, 1943. He participated in the invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944. He also participated in the invasion of Germany and the liberation of several central European countries. During this time he was awarded numerous military medals, four overseas service bars, American Defense Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Battle Stars and a World War II Victory Medal. Joseph served under General George S. Patton and the Third Army until the end of the war. He was honorably discharged Dec. 14, 1945.
He was married to Theresa Trepkowski Nov. 22, 1947, in Stevens Point. She died Feb. 13, 1988.
He was married to Bernice Raasch June 3, 1990, in Stevens Point.
Before serving in World War II, he was employed in Chicago, Ill., at Signode Steel Strapping Co.
Following his discharge, he returned to Stevens Point and worked for various businesses including Jacobs Novelty Co., the city of Stevens Point, Soo Line Railroad, Eagle Plumbing & Heating and retired after 29-plus years working at Consolidated Papers.
He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge and St. Stephen Catholic Church.
Survivors include wife, Bernice; two sons, Thomas and James (Joan Jinsky), both of Stevens Point; one daughter, Joye (James) Hamilton, Stevens Point; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, William; three brothers, Greg, John and Jack; and three sisters, Kathryn, Genevieve and Delores.