John W. Gruys |

John W. Gruys

John W. Gruys passed away Monday, Dec. 13, in Silt after a short illness. He was born on June 5, 1920, in French Lake, Minn.He is survived by his wife, Sallie Elizabeth Gwaltney Gruys; his three children: John Robert, Martha Eilene, and David E.; two grandsons; three great-grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister. He particularly loved his daughter-in-law Joelleyn Stark Gruys who is more than a daughter and sister to all of the Gruys family.John proudly served in World War II during the invasion of Layla Gulf and Luzon in the Philippines. Following the war he remained behind, working as a railroad conductor for the Army, providing humanitarian aid to China through the Korean corridor. Upon his return to Salt Lake City, he resumed his career with the Rio Grande Railroad and worked until his retirement in 1981.In celebration of John’s lifetime commitment and loyalty to family and friends, graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Larken Memorial Park, 10600 South 1950 East, Sandy, Utah. It was “Pappa” John’s desire that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one’s local hospice, Roaring Fork Hospice in Colorado, or Hospice of Salt Lake City.

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