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michael w. gruse

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

June 1, 1990 - June 11, 2013

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — Michael W. Gruse, 23, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, after an automobile accident in Illinois.

The Michigan City, Ind., native was born June 1, 1990, to Thomas F. and Tracy (Taylor) Gruse.

A talented musician, Mike was involved in the musical and show choir at Jimtown High School (Ind.) and later studied music at Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

He enjoyed playing music at Fiddler’s Hearth and had been involved with the Praise Team at Osceola (Ind.) United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Mike was an Osceola resident who only recently relocated to Palos Heights to be with his fiancé, Kelly, in preparation for their wedding. Mike was well-liked and enjoyed playing video games and spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dale and Evanell Taylor and Alex and Delores Gruse.

Mike is survived by his fiancé, Kelly Ladewig of Palos Heights; his parents, Thomas and Tracy Gruse of Osceola; his daughter, Madeline Gruse; brothers Richard (Carla) Gruse of Elkhart, Ind., Robert (Mary Lee) Gruse of Lafayette, Ind., Joseph (Amy) Gruse and Andrew (Heidi) Gruse, both of Neenah, Wis., and Jonathan (Laurie) Gruse of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Osceola United Methodist Church, 431 N. Beech Road, where friends may call for one hour prior to services. Calling will also be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

The family’s preferred memorials are to the Osceola United Methodist Church Praise Team or the Humane Society of St. Joseph County. To sign the guestbook, offer condolences to the family or to view Mike’s digital photo tribute visit