James E. Gross, September 26, 1924 - October 15, 2020, passed away after 96 beautiful years on this earth.
Beloved Father of Debra (David) Wiley and Timothy (Cindy) Gross. He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna, his son Thomas Gross, daughters Donna Simmons and Doris (Jerome) Prater.
Jim is survived by his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, Tamara & Tyler McCoy, Josh, Jayden & Joely Prater, Daniel Prater, Mike (Brooke) Logan & Harper Prater, David & Jackson Wiley, Tina (Adam) Carter & Abigail Trombly, Ryan Gross, Jamie (Mike) Liam & Jase Wertheimer and Sarah (Matt) & Savanah Owens.
A member of the greatest generation. Jim rarely spoke of his service as a WWII solder in the U.S. Army. The Private First Class from Battery C 549 AAA served two tours overseas, as a weapons crewman receiving 3 Bronze Stars.
He came home to a job with Laclede Gas where he retired after 30+ years. He was a simple man, who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life: a quick shower, a clothesline and a buffet. But most of all, he loved his family.
His personality lit up any room. His smile was contagious, even through a window, during a pandemic. He loved the outdoors, wilderness and especially birds. He had the best memory, he could tell you everyone’s birthday, anniversary and times of things like it happened yesterday. Today, we know he’s in great company smiling down on the rest of us. We will cherish the memories until we meet again.
We love you, Jim.
Services: Private Visitation Tuesday October 20th, 10am at SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, Ballwin, Missouri. Masks and social distancing (25 people max) required. Read More
Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 11:30 am - 12 pm.
We request Family and Friends to sign the family’s on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.