Peary Oswald Gruel, 81, electrician, war veteran

October 26, 2004

Peary Oswald Gruel, an electrician and World War II veteran, died of liver cancer Oct. 19 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Parkville resident was 81.

Mr. Gruel was born and raised in Baltimore. After high school, he joined the Army Air Forces and was stationed in England as a flight engineer and top-turret gunner on B-17s.

After the war, he became an electrician, spending much of his career at Revere Copper and Brass Inc. He then worked at Noxzema Chemical Co., which became Noxell.

He retired from Noxell in 1987 as chief facilities electrical engineer.

He met his wife, the former Lillian Virginia McCalley, when she was working for an electrical wholesaler. They wed in 1947.

The couple bred pedigree Persian cats and belonged to the Chesapeake Cat Club.

For many years, Mr. Gruel had a part-time catering business, Peary's Place, with pit beef his specialty.

A celebration of Mr. Gruel's life was held Friday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gruel is survived by two sons, Clayton P. Gruel of Parkville and Laurence F. Gruel of Kingsville, and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Lillian Virginia Gruel.

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