John P. Gross
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MANSFIELD: John P. Gross, age 97, quietly passed away Monday, December 10, 2012. John was born in Mansfield, on November 14, 1915 to the late John and Karoline (Hess) Gross. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII performing various duties in a large warehousing facility in Argentia, Newfoundland supplying frozen fish to the U.S. Navy submarines. Returning to Mansfield, he began a career in the accounting field. He retired as Vice-President of Bank One (formerly Farmers Bank), operated the John P. Gross Company and was the Business Manager for the Draffan Family Partnership until he retired at age 94.
While not at work in his career of accounting, he would travel the country in their motor home with his wife Miriam, whom was an accredited floral judge, to participate in flower shows and assist in her judging competitions. While on those excursions, John would walk the shorelines, woods and prairies looking for the perfect stone, branch, or flower that would offer that unique appearance to catch the judges' eye.
He was a bell ringer at Christmas time for the Salvation Army for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking. He often said with love that his most difficult task was maintaining the floral gardens at his home to Miriam's' rigid standards. All agree they did an exceptional job in those regards.
John was a 65 year member of Mansfield Masonic Lodge #35 F & AM, joining in 1947 and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus, Mansfield Rotary-where he was Past President and his beloved Men's Garden Club. John volunteered his time as treasurer of the Mansfield Cancer Society and held numerous prominent positions with organizations in Mansfield. He was a long-time member of St. John's United Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Miriam Berlo Gross in 2011 and daughter, Melodie Gross Wineland in 1998. He is survived by son-in-law, Read Wineland; a special cousin, Randy (Mary Ann) Jacobs and family; several cousins including Sally O'Reilly, Kathleen Huston, Kathie (Larry)Marsh and Don (Liz)Maxwell; close friends, Harry and Charlene Frietchen and Dave and Jesse Petska: and special business friend, Pat Chilcote.
Friends and family may visit from 4-6 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield where Masonic services will be held at 4:00 p.m. A memorial service conducted by Pastor Steven Storkel will follow the visitation at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the McGowan Courage Award, c/o Mansfield Rotary, PO Box 3918, Mansfield, OH 44907.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Winchester Terrace for the wonderful care given to John during his stay.
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Published in the News Journal from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2012