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Richard G. "Dick" Gruenwald

Died: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Age: 81
Richard G. “Dick” Gruenwald, 81, Elkhorn, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.

He was born Nov. 24, 1931, in Chicago, the son of the late Ralph W. and Myrtle E. Pierson Gruenwald. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He married the former Joyce J. Petrusaitis Jan. 9, 1952, in Chicago.

Dick worked as a district manager for State Farm Insurance for more than 25 years in the northern suburbs of Chicago, retiring due to ill health in 1985. He was a member of the Walworth Lions Club and the Beverly Hills American Legion Post. Dick was so grateful to be a 16-year heart transplant recipient and was a volunteer for the Wisconsin Donor Network. He served on the ski patrol for Majestic Hills of Lake Geneva. He enjoyed traveling, golf, boating and watching football. His greatest joy was being a bleacher supporter and sideline coach for his grandsons’ football and soccer games.

Dick was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce; two daughters, Sandy McLaughlin, Elkhorn, and Cindy (Art) Gruenwald-Schmitz, Lake Geneva; and three grandchildren, Courtney McLaughlin, Griffin McLaughlin and Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Isabel Buckley.

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