GREAT FALLS - Joseph F. Gruber, 86, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at a Great Falls hospital of natural causes.

A funeral was held Monday morning at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Joseph was born on Feb. 20, 1917, at Gildford. He grew up and attended schools in Kremlin and Havre. He attended diesel mechanic school for General Motors in Oakland, Calif., and later in Lansing, Mich.

Joseph served in the U.S. Navy as a chief torpedo man for four years during World War II. He served in the North Pacific and later instructed new recruits at Widbey Island.

He marr...

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