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James F. McGruder

December 13, 1955 November 2, 2018
James F. McGruder
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Obituary for James F. McGruder

James F. McGruder, age 62, passed away November 2, 2018, at his home in Council Bluffs.

He was born December 13, 1955, in Council Bluffs, to the late John “Jack” and Sarah “Sally” (Cottmire) McGruder. Jim graduated from St. Albert High School, with the class of 1974, and began a career of over 40 years with the Union Pacific Railroad as a Locomotive Engineer, retiring in 2016. Jim was united in marriage to his wife Betty in 1984, and together raised three daughters, Carrie, Katie and Kellie. Jim was an avid tennis player and Harley Davidson enthusiast. He loved his golfing, blues music, flying planes, and most of all, being a dad to his girls, and grandpa to his five grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his infant brother, David; father, Jack McGruder in 1983; mother, Sally McGruder-Farrage in 2016; stepfather, Dr. Edward Farrage in 2000.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Betty A . McGruder; daughters, Carrie McGruder Fischer and husband, Doug of Crescent, Iowa, Katie L .McGruder of Council Bluffs, Kellie Poen and husband, Nick of St. Peters, Missouri; 5 grandchildren, Izzy, Caleb, Kylie, Evelyn and Jacquelyn; brothers, Mark McGruder and wife, Janet, John McGruder and wife, Rita, Dan McGruder and wife, Jodi; stepbrother, George Farrage and wife, Mary, all of Council Bluffs, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.


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Visitation

Tuesday

6

Nov

4:00 PM 11/6/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/6/2018 8:00:00 PM
Cutler-O'Neill Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory

545 Willow Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Cutler-O'Neill Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory
545 Willow Avenue Council Bluffs 51503 IA
United States

Funeral Service

Wednesday

7

Nov

11:00 AM 11/7/2018 11:00:00 AM
Cutler-O'Neill Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory

545 Willow Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

A luncheon will follow the service at Queen of Apostles Church Social Hall, 3304 4th Avenue.

Cutler-O'Neill Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home & Crematory
545 Willow Avenue Council Bluffs 51503 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

CDLS Foundation

Iowa School for the Deaf

Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503
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