Carl “Gator” Gruver, 71, of Coaldale, died on Friday, January 3, 2020, in Bethlehem.
He was the husband of Gertrude (nee Repsher) Gruver.
Born in Wilkes Barre, PA on August 9, 1948, Gator was the son of the late Ervin W. and Theresa (nee Zaremski) Gruver.
A 1965 graduate of William Penn High School, he was a member of the Green Beret Special Forces who served with the 2nd Armored Division in Vietnam during the period of 1966-1972.
Gator was a member of the Coaldale American Legion.
In addition to his wife, Gertrude, he is survived by children, Christopher Gruver and his wife Nancy of Lansford, and Billyjoe Gruver of Lehighton; grandchildren, Gage, Sophie, Cassandra, and Christopher; step grandchildren, Joane, Gabby, Tiara, Hunter, Regan, and Kennedy; step great grandson, Remington; and sister, Donna Brandt of Coaldale.
Carl was predeceased by a sister, Kay Anderson.
Call 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua. The American Legion will conduct services at 6 PM.
Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.