SHINGLEHOUSE - George "Jerry" Gross Jr., 80, of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home with his loving family at his side on Tuesday (April 9, 2013) after a short illness.
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Born Sept. 17, 1932, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of George and Della Brown Gross. On Sept. 3, 1955, in Shinglehouse, he married Natalie Ann Peters, who survives.
Mr. Gross was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1950, and was a Korean veteran of the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He served from 1953 to 1957 in the 20th Air Force-28th Bomb Squadron as a flight engineer.
He was employed as a tractor trailer driver, retiring in 1994 from MG Industries in St. Marys.
Jerry was a member and three-time past commander of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. He was also a member of the Potter County Honor Guard. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving, besides his wife, are four children, Jerri (Tim) Blanchard of Monroe, N.C., Dana (Rayda) Gross of Shinglehouse, Joni (Steven "J.R.") Hathaway of Shinglehouse and Sterling Gross of Lock Haven; 11 grandchildren, Garry (Kathy) Studley II, Kara (Bob) Goodliff, Kali Gross, McKenzie Gross, Katie Blanchard, Gayle Gross, Hanna Gross, Emma Gross, Thomas Gross, Ricardo Gross and Charlie Gross; three great-grandchildren, Taylor Goodliff, Forrest Blanchard and Garry Studley III; a great-grandson to be born in July; a sister, Cheryl (Richard) Bryant of Shinglehouse; a brother, James (Charlotte) Gross of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Gross.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 S. Union St., Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, PO Box 25, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
A fond memory of Jerry may be expressed at www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.
Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
118 South Union St.
Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 10 to Apr. 16, 2013