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James E. Gross

Ballwin, Missouri

Sep 26, 1924 – Oct 15, 2020 (Age 96)


September 26, 1924
October 15, 2020
Ballwin, Missouri


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Schrader Funeral Home And Crematory - Ballwin Obituary

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.
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.

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Sending my sympathy and love to the Gross family. I did not know Mr. Gross; but I love his son, Tim, my brother-in-law. He is a wonderful part of our family as well as the Gross family.

I’ve known Jim for a long time and every time we talked he made it a great conversation. For some reason it slipped passed me that he served in WWII. What an honor it was to see him honored today at the service. I would have loved to hear his stories of fighting in the war and his days in the service. So much respect for him.
I’m so glad I met Jim through family and that I got to enjoy the great man he was.