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Martin “Jack” Johannes Gruber Jr.

July 18, 1915 - Jan. 10, 2013

Martin “Jack” Johannes Gruber Jr. died Jan. 10, 2013. He was 97.

Mr. Gruber was born in Yelm, Wash., the only son of Martin by: SUBMITTED - Martin Jack Gruber Jr.Johannes Gruber Sr. and Maude Thompson Gruber. He grew up and graduated from high school in Yelm. He studied at the University of Washington.

Mr. Gruber married Alice G. Crow of Marion, Ohio, on Sept. 30, 1940.

Mr. Gruber was perhaps the oldest active B17 pilot in WWII’s European Theater. He was honorably discharged on July 26, 1945, after obtaining the rank of captain. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with a bronze star.

Mr. Gruber spent his career in sales. He formed his own company, Erickson/Gruber and Representatives NW, which was one of the first companies to represent electronic products for Sharp Corporation and Toshiba in the U.S.

The Grubers settled in Lake Oswego in 1950.

He enjoyed all sports including fishing, duck hunting and golfing. He was one of the last of the lifetime members of Oswego Lake Country Club.

Survivors include his sister, Betty Sholund of Seattle; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Diane Gruber of West Linn; daughter, Misi Gail Lenci of Tacoma; two granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, in 1985.

According to Mr. Gruber’s wishes, no service will be held.