James W. Grube 88, car and astronomy enthusiast

By on January 23, 2013

James W. Grube, 88, Brunnerville, passed away Jan. 16, 2013 at Cedar Haven, Lebanon. Born in Brunnerville, he was the son of the late S. Wayne and Erla H. Miller Grube. He was married to Alice Werner Grube for 62 years on June 3. Surviving in addition to his wife, is a daughter: Robin A. Weiler, Stevens; two brothers: Dale L. (Shirley) Grube, Brunnerville; Terry W. (Rebecca) Grube, Lancaster; three sisters: Norma E. (Clarence) Rhoads, Kissel Hill; Lois R. Mearig, Brunnerville and Lucille J. (James) Martin, Brunnerville.

Jim graduated from Philadelphia School for the Deaf where he participated in Boy Scouts, camera club, woodworking shop, and played football, baseball and basketball. Jim worked for over 50 years as a master craftsman for the Lititz Planning Mill. He was a member of the Studebaker drivers club and attended international meets in Indiana, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Jim would drive his 1956, 1957 and 1958 President Classics and 1962 Lark Cruiser to the meets where he won best of show and many first, second and third prizes. He also had a passion for astronomy, building his own telescope and observatory, enjoyed photography, hunting and working at the hunting camp in Tioga County.

Jim’s life celebration service was held at Jerusalem Lutheran Church on Jan. 21 with Rev. David A. Rike officiating. Interment took place at Rothsville Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to North Museum of Natural History and Science, 400 College Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603 to be used to help introduce deaf and hearing impaired students to astronomy in Jim’s memory.

Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz has been entrusted with the arrangements. To share your fondest memories of Jim visit www.lifecelebration.com

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