Howard Rabun Gross
Dec. 13, 1927 - Apr. 28, 2013
Born in Fort Worth,
Howard remained very much a Texan throughout his life.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Miner Putnam and Viva Rabun Gross and brother, Miner Putnam Gross, Jr. (Sandy).
Mr. Gross was a 1946 graduate of Marysville High School and then served in the Army
in Korea. He attended Everett Junior College and graduated from the University of Washington
in 1953 with a degree in Far Eastern Studies and the Russian Language. He also did additional studies at George Washington University.
In 1949 he met his future wife, Joan Verburg of Westfield, New Jersey at the summer school in Saltillo, Mexico, and they were married in Marysville, WA in 1952. The next year, they moved to Arlington, VA where they were employed by the National Security Agency. In 1958, Mr. Gross was accepted into the US Foreign Service and during the next 28 years served
in Frankfurt, Belgrade, Vietnam, Vienna, Bonn, Zurich, Guatemala City, Caracas, Panama City and Munich as well as at the Department of State. Before his European and Latin American assignments, he studied German, Serbo-Croatian and Spanish at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA. After retiring in 1986 and returning to Marysville, he volunteered as a tutor at the Literacy Lab of Everett Community College. In 2000, Mr. Gross ran for the Washington State Legislature as a Libertarian.
He is survived by his
widow; three children,
Howard Wade Gross (Daryl), Clay Putnam Monroe
(Ramona) and Jordan Gross; and seven grandsons, Garrett and Troy Gross, Alexander and
Harold Monroe and
Mathias, Micah and Ezra Gross.
At his request, there will be no services.