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Vernon Luther "Rick" Gross III

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Vernon "Rick" Luther Gross III

AGE: 70 • Leonardo

Vernon Luther Gross III (Rick to his loved ones) of Leonardo, age 70, died Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at his home with his family. Mr. Gross, born in Steelton, PA, barely knew his birth parents and spent his youth running through orphanages and foster homes until he was adopted by Vernon and Betty (nee Grunden) Gross, who raised him to be a good man, and loved him to the end of their days.

Mr. Gross fought through 12 months of hell as a Marine in Vietnam, digging raw rice out of paddies with the clothes rotting on his back. He returned after unimaginable trauma to meet and marry the love of his life, Elaine (nee Melum), and live a normal life.

He worked only to provide for his family, and leaves them bereaved and bereft. He loved nothing more than a good manhattan (bourbon, on the rocks), or a weekend fishing trip, and spent his retirement feeding birds and squirrels in his yard. He is remembered by his son, Scott, whom he raised to be a good man, and his wife; they will love him to the end of their days.

His cremated remains will be scattered in the Florida Keys.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 1, 2017
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