Wilbur H. Gross, 83, a resident of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton, died Wednesday morning at the center.
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Born in Itaska, N.Y., he was the son of the late Fred and Mae Eggleston Gross. Educated in Chenango Forks, N.Y. schools, he was an Army veteran of the Korean War, having served with the 21st Infantry and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Korean Service Medal with five bronze battle stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge and Good Conduct Medal. He was a Christian and had worked as a laborer in general construction to include the Interstate Highways of 81, 80, 380 and 84.
He is survived by two daughters, Gail Burton, Reading; and Annette Roman, Windsor, N.Y.; a son, Paul Gross, Dundee, N.Y.; a sister, Barbara Reynolds, Castle Creek, N.Y.; a brother, Merle Gross, Endicott, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Piave Gross; and nine siblings.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. in the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 262 Railroad Ave., West Scranton. Military honors will follow at 1 p.m. Inurnment will be private.
The family will receive friends from noon until 1 p.m. Condolences: www.chomkofuneralhome.com
Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home & Cremation Services
262 Railroad Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505
Published in Scranton Times on July 31, 2014