Robert W. MacGruder June 5, 1932 - March 11, 2017 Robert Wesley MacGruder, 84, of Grand Junction, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at HopeWest Hospice Care Center after a brief illness. He was born on June 5, 1932, in Indianapolis, IN and moved to Colorado in 1939 with his family. Bob attended University of Wyoming and enlisted in the US Navy serving on the U.S.S. Stembel during the Korean War. Before retiring, Bob resided in Waukegan, IL and was Executive Vice President of the Lake County Contractors Association from 1973 to 1996. From 1959 to 1973, he was president of the Chamber of Commerce in Waukegan, IL, Belvidere, IL and Laverne, MN. During his career, Bob received numerous awards such as the Exchange Club's Golden Deeds in 1976, and was active in Local and State affairs with the United Way, Port Authority, Planning Commission, LC Economic Development Commission and Waukegan Civil Service Commission. Bob was a loving and thoughtful husband and father, who will be mourned by his daughter, Valorie Nystrom, Winthrop Harbor, IL; sons, Greg Ramsey of Zion, IL and Jeff (Trina) Ramsey of Jefferson City, IA, and sisters, Marilyn Barnewall, Palisade, CO, and Dede Hunter, Springdale, AR. Bob is also survived by eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Bob touched a lot of lives. Special friends include Duane Wheatley, Wayne Brimer, Tony Vigil, Harold (Rita) Schafer, as well as numerous other family members and friends. Bob was predeceased by his loving wives, JoAnn (Wheatley) (2016), Lea (Passwaters) (2005), and Marilyn (Leonard) (1973). Bob was also predeceased by his parents, Robert D MacGruder (1976), Hester (Wooden) (2010), and step-father, Roy Brown (2011), along with his son, Robert W MacGruder Jr (2009); son-in-law, David Nystrom (2004), and numerous close friends. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bob's name to HopeWest Hospice, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506. The family sincerely appreciates the loving care given their loved one over the past few weeks by HopeWest home and care center teams, especially Torrie, Jeff and Brook.
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