Dec. 7, 1952 — Dec. 17, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
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Joe Gruger, age 66, passed away at his home on Monday, Dec. 17.

Joe was born on Dec. 7, 1952, to Joann (Snyder) and William Gruger. He grew up in Tularosa, N.M., with his four brothers and one sister.  He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute. After high school, Joe went to work at the Presto Pressure Cooker Factory.  It was here he met his first wife Neva Thompson and moved to Montana.   Together they had a daughter, Haddy. Joe remained in Montana working as a carpenter. He met his second wife Jacque Gruger in Livingston, Mont.  They had a daughter, Brooke, and moved to New Mexico.

There, Joe worked for Mud Brothers with his brothers. Joe and Jacque had a son, Joseph. They later moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where Joe worked in construction. While in Las Vegas, he loved spending time with his family and weekends fishing and boating at Lake Mead. His sourdough pancakes were a weekend tradition. Joe came back to Montana in 2010, where he spent the remainder of his life with his love, Krista.

Joe was a wonderful father, brother and friend. He will be missed by all those who loved him. Joe loved spending time with his family and friends.  He enjoyed fishing and being at the river. Joe loved cooking, working on the house, dancing, listening to classic rock, and camping. He is preceded in death by his father William Gruger and his brother Jack Gruger.

He is survived by his daughters Haddy Wanner of Billings and Brooke Gruger; his son Joseph (Wai) Gruger of Las Vegas; Chelsea (Gabe) Maroney of Missoula; grandchildren Cameron and Brady Wanner, Taylor Gruger, Micaiah and Ezra Gruger; mother Joann (James) Duran; brothers Steve (Lee) Gruger, Micheal( Jennifer) Gruger and sister Jill (Steve) Gutierrez of New Mexico; brother Jon (Barbara) Gruger of California, along with his nieces and nephews. In addition, Joe and the Thompsons kept their close and loving relationship for over 45 years.

Joe’s funeral will be held at Reed Point Evangelical Church on Dec. 27, at 1 p.m.  A reception will follow. There will be a burial in New Mexico in the spring.