Born on June 12, 1968 in Laceyville, he was the son of Patricia Manning of Quicks Bend and Edward “Ted” Gruver of York, SC.
He attended Wyalusing Valley High, Class of 1986. After high school, Dennis met his wife, Karen Marie Hampsey Gruver and they have been together for 25 years.
Dennis was employed with Meshoppen Stone as a truck driver.
He had a really good sense of humor. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and everything about cars. Most of all he loved to spend time with his family and many friends.
Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by his daughters, Samantha Marie Gruver of Laceyville, Haylee Nichelle Gruver of Laceyville and Christina Grimes (Kevin) of Stantonsburg, NC; grandson, Dakota Grimes of Stantonsburg; brothers, Joseph Gruver (Hope) of Laceyville, Eddie Gruver (Nichole) of Laceyville and Jarod Gruver of Texas; maternal grandmother, Doris Manning of Laceyville; father-in-law, Donald J. Hampsey of Storey Lake; mother-in-law, Linda C. English (Bob) of Silvara; brother and sisters-in-law, Michael Nesslein of Tunkhannock, Paula Hampsey of Storey Lake, Eric English (Sharon) of Silvara, Joseph English (Kimberly) of Camptown, Heather Lape (Charles) of Cincinnati, OH, and Holly English of Pittsburgh; stepfather, George Surplus of Quicks Bend; special nieces and nephews, April Hartshaw, Megan Hartshaw, Hannah Anne Kiefer, Joseph A. Gruver, Jr. and Damian Michael Manning, all of Laceyville; as well as several other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son, Dillan James Gruver; maternal grandfather, Arthur E. Manning; special nephew, Zachary Allen Hartshaw and sister-in-law, Michelle Hampsey Nesslein.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Tim Barnett of New Hope Ministries in West Auburn officiating. Interment followed at the Lacey St. Cemetery. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so in Dennis’s name to the Wyalusing Basketball Cheerleading, c/o Peg Huyck, PO Box 12, Laceyville, PA 18623.