Obituary: Richard T. "Rick" Gruchala

For the ProgressJuly 3, 2014 

Richard Thomas Gruchala


Richard T. "Rick" Gruchala, age 62, born June 25, 1952, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at his home, in O’Fallon, Ill.

Rick was a senior claims consultant for Allsup, Inc. He enjoyed golfing with his friends and family and telling his sons tall tales of his time on the open range. Rick grew up in St. Louis and attended Seven Holy Founders grade school. He was an alumnus of Augustinian High School Class of 1970 and SMSU in Springfield, Mo.

He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Surviving are his wife, Linda, nee Allen, Gruchala, of O’Fallon; his twin sons Nicholas of O’Fallon and Luke (Leah) Gruchala of Belleville; grandson Blake; and two brothers Harry (Patty) Gruchala of Houston, Tex., and James (Mary) Gruchala of St. Louis, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry Joseph and Clarice Elizabeth, nee Zinselmeyer, Gruchala; and his son Benjamin Thomas Gruchala.

Memorials are suggested to Stand Up To Cancer, File 1224, 1801 W. Olympic Blvd., Pasadena, Calif., 91199-1224 ( or to SIDS Resources, Inc., 1120 South Sixth Street, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63104 (

The online guest book may be signed at

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon. The funeral service began at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014, at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, O’Fallon, Ill., Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Ill.

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