Dr. William R. Grubler

August 17, 1925 - July 1, 2016

08/17/1925 - 07/01/2016

Past Services

Tuesday July 05, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Tuesday July 05, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Wednesday July 06, 2016
Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions
Wednesday July 06, 2016
11:00 am
St, Michael Catholic Church
National Road
Wheeling, WV 43906
740-676-0051 | Directions

Dr. William R. Grubler, 90, of Wheeling, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016 at home, surrounded by family.

He was born August 17, 1925, in Wheeling, son of the late Bernard J. and Regina (Eisenhauer) Grubler Sr. Dr. Bill was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society and served as a Eucharistic Minister and lector, as well as President of Civitan Charities from 1969-70, and an active member of the Wheeling Serra Club since 1955.  He graduated Central Catholic High School in 1943 and West Liberty State College in 1948, before attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry where he graduated Cum Laude in 1952.

After graduating high school, Dr. Bill served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. During his 2.5 years in the army, he served as a gunner on a 155MM Howitzer in the Ruhr Pocket in Germany during WWII. Following his discharge from the Army, Bill returned to West Liberty College where he played football under Coach Joe Bartell, before going to dental School in Pittsburgh. Dr. Grubler practiced dentistry in Wheeling until his retirement after 40 years (1992). During that time he was a member of The Wheeling District Dental Society, The West Virginia Dental Society and the American Dental Society. In the 1950’s, Dr. Bill was responsible for the establishment of the Ohio County Dental Clinic at Madison School, which continues to serve free dental care to needy children.

Following his retirement, he was awarded the Robert Bridgeman Award as “W. Va.’s Distinguished Dentist.” in 1998. In 1996, Dr. Grubler was named to the “West Liberty College Wall of Honor”.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Dorothy Mae Grubler, who passed away 34 days before him; one sister, Catherine (Stanley) Freismuth; and one son-in-law, Jerry Schmitt.

Dr. Bill is survived by his six lovely children, Jeanne Marie Schmitt of Wheeling, William R. “Rusty” (Janet) Grubler Jr. of Wheeling, Mark A. (Nevada) Grubler of Rougemont, NC, Gary Grubler and David Dierks of Blacklick, OH, Laura (Alan) Frank of Danville, OH, and Holly (George) Trauner of Centerville, PA; 14 grandchildren, Amy (Carl) Bowman, Jerome (Allysa) Schmitt Jr., Luke (Nicole) Schmitt, Kirk Grubler, Corey (Ashley) Grubler, Melissa (Hardy) Bobbitt, Kelsey Grubler, Samantha Frank, Jordan Frank, Austin Frank, Rachel Trauner, Olivia Trauner, Allie Trauner, and J.R. Trauner; nine great-grandchildren, Abby and Ashley Bowman, Adeline, Emily and Lily Schmitt, Landon and Madilynn Bobbitt, Sydney Grubler and Beau Schmitt.

Family and friends will be received Tuesday, July 5, 2016 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger St., with a Vigil service beginning at 7:30 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 am, Wednesday, July 6 in St., Michael’s Catholic Church with Msgr. Joseph Peterson officiating. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jerome B. Schmitt Scholarship payable to the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley in memory of Dr. William Grubler Sent to Susie Nelson, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, 1310 Marker Street, Wheeling, WV 26003, or in C/O www.tmcfunding.com.

Condolences may be offered online at www.altmeyer.com


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Paul R. Hedges
7 years ago

Bill was a wonderful person. He will be missed.

Michael Wilcox, DDS
7 years ago

Dr Bill gave so much of himself to better his profession and community Will be greatly missed

Tom Cerra
7 years ago

My deepest sympathy to all the family.

john g kramer dds
7 years ago

he was the dentist,dentist-that says it all / we will all miss you

7 years ago

You are now with your beloved Dorthy Mae. May you enjoy the peace and love that you always share here in earth there in heaven together. You both will be greatly missed but always loved and remembered. Until we meet again. Love you Aunt Dot and Uncle Bill.

Lou Costanzo
7 years ago

Thank you for being such a good friend to me and my parents. My father most certainly enjoyed delivering news papers to your parents when he was a child.

Dr. Robert E. Brossman
7 years ago

Good guy. Will be missed.

Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard
7 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of William R. Grubler, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of…..

US Army Veteran, William R. Grubler, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Maryann Droll
7 years ago

Dear Rusty and Janet —
Please accept my condolence upon the passing of your dear father.
May God’s peace and blessings be yours during this most tender season; and, may He give you many lovely memories, so that you may always have roses in December.

Ever hoping . . .
Always in Jesus,

(I used to be Kovacevich)