In Memory of Dennis L. Gruver
On April 14, 2022, at the age of 80, Dennis L. Gruver passed away peacefully in his sleep.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 53 years Priscilla, his children Angela, Lisa (Ian Mainville) and Christopher, all of Orleans, Ontario, his grandchildren, Jonathan, Emily, Cameron, Katelyn, and Olivia, brother James (Nancy) of Huron, Ohio, and sister Carol (James Stanley) of Fremont, Ohio as well as many loved nieces and nephews.
He was born in Fremont, Ohio on January 8th, 1942 to Merle and Marjorie Gruver. He attended Capital University for four years as a pre-seminary student, followed by four years at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where he received a master’s degree in Theology.
He was then ordained as a Lutheran Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont, Ohio. Following that, he went on to his first pastorate, as an associate pastor, at Faith Lutheran Church in Saginaw, Michigan. He remained there for six and a half years and was then called to be associate pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church, in Omaha, Nebraska for six and a half years. After this, Dennis was called to be senior pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio for five years. In 1981, he was called to join the leadership team at Toledo Covenant Church. He remained there for five years and in 1986, he along with Michael Cook, and their families moved to Ottawa, Ontario to pioneer New Wine Community Church. Dennis remained here as pastor for 31 years until his retirement in 2017.
Over the many years as a pastor in Ottawa, he was involved in the coordination and planning of many city-wide church events. Evident in all he did was his passion for helping people.
Dennis enjoyed reading, politics, fishing, oil painting, photography, jazz, Christian worship music, and spicy food! Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. He will be missed by all.
Visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Rd., in Orleans on Tuesday, April 19th 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. A funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation, at 2 p.m., followed by the internment at Dale Cemetery in Cumberland.
The ceremony may be viewed live or on replay by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuFriFFmLfQ
Condolences may be shared online at: www.heritagefh.ca