Bill Gruzensky celebrated his 100th birthday July 18, 2016. He sang “Amazing Grace” with his daughter-in-law, Deanna Russell, for the church service at the Lebanon (Ore.) Church on June 25, 2016. Bill has been a member of the Lebanon Church for 52 years and is a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist. His older sister, Anne Bauer of Berrien Springs, Mich., and his brother, Paul, of College Place, Wash., attended his birthday celebration.
He was born July 18, 1916, in Grass Butte, N.D., the second of five children. Bill grew up in North Dakota until he moved to Hillsboro, Ore., when he was 21 years old. He attended Walla Walla College (now Walla Walla University) where he met and married Margaret Hohn.
Bill's career included many years as a chemist for the Bureau of Mines in Albany, Ore.
The Gruzensky family includes four children: Willis Gruzensky of Lebanon, Ore.; Terry Gruzensky (deceased); Jolene Olson of St. Helena, Calif.; and Karen Parker of Lebanon.