HUTCHINSON — Ruben H. Grose, 87, precious husband, daddy, grandpa, great-granddaddy, brother and friend, joined his heavenly Father on Aug. 7, at his home in Hutchinson.
This unique baby blessed the home of Henry H. and Pauline (Schneider) Grose on Aug. 10, 1925, at Alexander. As a youth his family moved to a farm northwest of Bazine. It was here he received his grade and high school education.
Ruben served his country in the United States Army, PFC during World War II at the Battle of the Bulge, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
After he returned home from overseas, Ruben married Vi Timken on Aug. 26, 1945, and in 1950 they were blessed with identical twin girls. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education and Master’s Degree in Special Education from Fort Hays State University, plus many advanced hours from universities in Kansas, Colorado and California. In 1974 he received the coveted Kansas Master Teacher’s award for his outstanding work with special needs youth.
Memberships include United Methodist Church in Sterling, Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, N.E.A., K.N.E.A – Lifetime, Life Member Parent Teachers Association, and Reno County Associate for Disabled Citizens. He served on many boards and committees for special needs citizens of Kansas.
Ruben is mourned by the love of his life Vi Timken Grose in their home in Hutchinson.
He is survived by one daughter, Nellene Kenyon and husband Gary, of Great Bend; two brothers, Marvin Grose and wife Judi, of Blairsville, Ga., and Alvin Grose and wife Dolores, of Great Bend; one sister, Janice Hawkinson and husband Jon, Ness City; three grandchildren Derek Kenyon, Michelle Kenyon and Bennett Lowry; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Emily McDuffie. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Marlene Lowry; Nellene’s twin sister; one brother, Vaughn Grose; and one sister, Evelyn Appel.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Sterling United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marvin Ewertt officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Sterling United Methodist Church, Harden Hospice or Kansas State Twinless Twins.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Birzer Funeral Home**
203 N. 7th
Sterling, KS 67579
Gret Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 9, 2013