Donald F. Gross, 85, of Fair Oaks, Calif., passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif.
He was born in Wellsboro May 14, 1927, to the late Robert W. and Hildred (Parsons) Gross. He married Shirley Robertson in 1952, and had two sons, Donald of Sacramento and Walter of Rancho Cuca Monga. He had two daughters of a prior marriage, Yvonne Dennis of New York City and Audrey Cooper of Ithaca, N.Y. He is survived by several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters, Leila Ames of Los Angeles, F. Lura Heichel of Addison, N.Y. and one brother, James (Helen) of Corning. He was predeceased by three sisters, Jean, Audrey and Edna (Bowers), as well as two brothers, Robert L. and Morton.
Donald served in the Navy aboard the USS St. Paul in World War II
and the Army during the Korean Conflict
, in communications. Don was an electronic technician at McClellan Air Force Base and was recognized for outstanding contributions in the development and improvement of complex electronic installations. He received the Distinguished Civilian Service Award at he Pentagon, being presented by the Secretary of Defense, the Honrable Ronald H. Rumsfeld. He also received letters of recognition from President James Carter and Chiang Kai-shek, while in Formosa. He was a scout master for many years, producing many Eagle Scouts for the first time in the troop's history. He was the first president of his local school's Booster Club in Fair Oaks.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial donation go to the USO, Travis Air Force Base, Building 3, P.O. 1663, Fairfield, Calif. 94535.