Ronald A. Gross, age 78, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014 at his home in Essex Jct.
He was born September 20, 1935 in Barre the son of the late Frank & Hazel (Gamble) Gross.
Ron graduated from Richford High School class of 1953. After high school he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. When Ron was discharged from the Army in 1957 he began working at IBM; where he spent 30 years before retiring in 1987. He was a member of the American Legion Post #35 in Cambridge and served as groundskeeper for the Sanderson Corners Cemetery. Ron’s hobbies included ice fishing, camping, reading and gardening. He was an avid NASCAR fan and also completed the 251 club.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Theresa (Lavoie) Gross of Essex Jct.; 3 children, Dan Gross and his wife Nancy of Fairfax, Kevin Gross and his wife Sherry of Charlotte and Donny Gross of Fairfax; 5 grandchildren, Erin, Andrew, Jordan, Zach and Matt Gross; 3 step-grandchildren, Dylan, Morgan and Kacy Preston; 6 siblings, Conan Gross and his wife Bea of Palm Bay, FL, Mary Ducolon and her husband Bernard of St. Albans, Marty Hoadley and her husband Pat of Berkshire, Fran Mercure and her husband Mike of Richford, David Gross of Richford and Becky Thompson and her husband Orlyn of Berkshire; sister-in-law, Annette Blouin and her husband Noel of Enosburg Falls; brother-in-law, George Perry of St. Albans and several cousins and nieces & nephews. Besides his parents, Ron was predeceased by an infant daughter, Doreen Gross.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:00 PM until the hour of the funeral.
Interment will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Sanderson Corners Cemetery, Fletcher Rd., Fairfax.
For those who wish, contributions in Ron’s memory may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, 89 Beaumont Ave., Given E213, Burlington, VT 05405.
Condolences may be sent to Ron’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com