James 'Jim' Grunder, 81

Local obituary


James “Jim” Grunder, 81 of Wilton died on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 at his home.

A Celebration of Life service was held Saturday morning, Oct. 30, at the United Methodist Church of Wilton. Inurnment will take place at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilton at a later date.

Jim was born in Muscatine to Harold “Bill” and Charlotte (Smith) Grunder. He graduated from Wilton High School in 1958. Jim married Sharon Kraklio on June 18, 1960 in Wilton.

Together with his dad and brothers, he owned and operated Grunder Ready Mix for many years. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church, Wilton Masonic Lodge #167 AF & AM and the Shriners of Davenport.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling to the many events of his grandchildren, taking his dogs for a ride, and a cold Miller Lite.

Jim is survived and lovingly remember by his wife of 61 years, Sharon of Wilton, as well as his children who include Greg Grunder of Rialto, CA; Brian (Robin) Grunder of Durant and Shari (Scott) Wittlake of Caryon, TX. He will also be missed by his 11 grandchildren who include Airamee & Airiana Grunder, Ty (Samantha) Grunder, Brady (Rebecca) Grunder, Nathan Paulsen, Brinn Grunder, Marisa Paulsen, Claire Paulsen, Danielle Paulsen, Barak Wittlake and Briggs Wittlake, as well as two great grandchildren, Finn and Olive Grunder.

He is also survived by three siblings who include Paul (Sandy) Grunder, Roger (Carolyn) Grunder and Marcia Grunder, and a sister in law, Nancy Grunder.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bob Grunder.

Memorials may be made to the Wilton First Responders, United Methodist Church of Wilton or Muscatine Humane Society in his memory. Online remembrances and condolences may be left at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com