Alvin G. Gruenewald

Jan. 3, 1932 – Nov 26, 2020


Alvin G. Gruenewald was born in 1932 in Crete. Al entered heaven Thanksgiving evening, Nov 26, 2020. He was the son of the late Gustave and Alvina Gruenewald.

Al graduated from Seward High School. He was a Master Chief entering the Navy Reserves in 1951, serving 41 years. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion. Al farmed and operated a crop-dusting company for 23 years and was an electrician. Al served as president of the David City Schools and was active in the communities in which he lived. In 1987, Al moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, as a corporate pilot, mechanic, trainer and inspector for Bowman Aviation.

He was previously married to Geraldine (Miller). After moving to Ft. Wayne, Al and Karen (Girardot) were united in marriage. Karen and Al settled in Sun City Peachtree in Griffin, Georgia. Al had three sons, Mark of Omaha, Chris (deceased) and James of McDonough, Georgia; three step-children, Earl Cameron Cook (Nevin) of Hickory, North Carolina, Dr. Sarah Cook (Kevin Byers) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Brian Cook (Dawn) of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and seven step-grandchildren. Surviving Alvin are two sisters of Seward, Norma Duer and Sandra Suhr; many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements for a memorial service will be made at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at


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