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Monday, July 14, 2014

NWA Capt. Loran D. Gruman


Loran D. Gruman

Gruman, Loran D. "Gru" Retired 35 year Captain for NWA Age 74, of Apple Valley, passed away on July 12, 2014 after a 9 year struggle with a brain tumor. Gru is preceded in death by his father, Jerry Gruman. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 yrs., Lucie "Pixie"; mother, Norma Gruman; sister, Nan Brown; children, Keith (Catrina), Greg (Carrie), Linda (Mark); grandchildren Layne, Katie, Max, Allie, Ellie, Megan Annie, Chloe, Sophie, and Kendra. Funeral service will be held 2 PM Saturday, July 26, 2014 at River Hills United Methodist Church, 11100 River Hills Dr., Burnsville with visitation 1 hour prior to the ser-vice. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery Mon., July 28 at 11:30 AM. Memorials will be donated to River Hills United Methodist Church and Twin Cities Bridge Center.
Published on July 20, 2014

From: RNPA News Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:15 AM
Subject:  Loran Gruman Arrangements.
Bob Vega Writes.

Retired NWA Captain Loran Gruman passed away July 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Memorial Service,
July 26 at River Hills United Methodist Church
11100 River Hills Drive
Burnsville, MN

1:00 PM -Visitation
2:00 PM - Memorial Service

Bob Vega

Navy veteran, NWA Capt. Loran D. Gruman
April 17, 1940 ~ July 12, 2014
Word has been received with the passing of Naval aviator, RNPA member retired NWA pilot Captain Loran Dean Gruman.  Born/raised in the San Mateo-Burlingame area of California, Captain Gruman was 74 years of age at the time of his passing.  The January 29, 1962 San Mateo newspaper notes “LORAN D. GRUMAN, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Gruman of 144 North San Mateo Drive, San Mateo, receives his designation as a naval aviator from Rear Adm. M. H. Tuttle USN, after successfully completing the Naval Air Training Command flight training program at the Naval Air station, Pensacola, Fla.”  Captain Gruman joined Northwest Airlines 06-21-1965 and retired with Northwest in 2000.
Survived by his wife Lucie personal condolences may be sent to their residence at
12775 Foliage Ave.,  Apple Valley  MN 55124-5337  ...  (952) 432-1170 
Arrangements will be advised when know.  Please follow us on our blogspot for updates at   http://pcnflightwest.blogspot.com/
Thank you,
~Carol for the PCN
 Loran Gruman
We are sad to report that Loran Gruman passed away on July 12th.
Loran was a pilot for Northwest Airlines. When he retired, Loran discovered bridge. Not only did Loran fall in love with the game; he also became a "regular" around the Twin City Bridge Center. Loran studied to become a certified teacher and director. He was a favorite with the "chat bridge" crowd. Loran's own bridge game improved.
Then, Loran received a diagnosis of a serious brain tumor. Surgery was performed, and Loran was never quite the same afterwards.  Still, Loran remained a very sweet and wonderful guy. Though he had great difficulties with concentration, loyal friends Gary Rowland and Dave Bryant continued to play with Loran.
Some months ago, the tumor had grown and more surgery was necessary. Unfortunately, not enough could be done to help Loran.
He will be missed.
~ Peg
From: William & Lynn Day    Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 9:09 AM   Subject: Delta/NWA plot Loren Gruman has flown west 

NWA pilot Loren D. Gruman, age 74, passed away on July 12 after an eight year battle with brain tumors. Loren served as a Naval Aviator and was hired by NWA on June 21, 1965.

No further information available at this time.

William ‘Bill’ Day
Contrails Obituary Editor
Ferndale, Washington

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