DONALD R. GROSS
ROCKFORD - Donald R. Gross
, 79, of 209 2nd St. S.W., Rockford, died Wednesday (Nov.21, 2001) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fullerton Schumburg Funeral Home, 302 W. Main St., Rockford, with the Rev. Jeff Dahlin of First United Methodist Church of Mason City
, officiating.Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Walker-Graper Post 338.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. today and continue one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to direct memorials to the Donald Gross Memorial Fund
was born Sept. 5, 1922, the son of Elmer and Ethal (Blake) Gross
, in Algona.On Dec. 27, 1945, Donald
was united in marriage to Shirley Townsend.
On Jan. 16, 1943, Donald
was inducted into the United States Army
service time he
was awarded one bronze star for the Eastern Mandates Campaign, and the Good Conduct Medal.Donald
was a AAA Automatic Weapons Crewman.His
date of separation from the service was Nov. 8, 1945.On Dec. 21, 1950, Donald enlisted in the United States Air Force.He
was honorably discharged on Nov. 7, 1951. Donald
loved spending time working in the yard or tending to his
took pride in a well manicured lawn.He
enjoyed socializing, fishing, playing cards, and traveling.
working career as a truck driver for Warren Transport of Waterloo, Donald
visited 48 states, Canada, and Mexico.Donald
retired in 1999 after many dedicated years to the trucking industry.Donald
was a very simple and down to earth person who enjoyed a good practical joke. He
cherished the time spent with family and always looked forward to family reunions. Donald was a member of the National Rifle Association.
Those thankful for having shared in Donald's life include his
two sons, Gordon R. Gross, of Rockford, and Curtis W. Gross, of San Diego, Calif.; one daughter-in-law, Terry Gross, of Rockford; four sisters, Berniece Jacobson, of Chapin, Blanch Crisp, of Texas, Anomi Roseke of Austin, Minn.
, DeEtta Erickson, of Fairbanks, Minn.; one brother, Bernard Gross and his
wife, Cletta, of Fort Dodge; two grandchildren, Trisha R. Hagin, of Rockford, and Andrew C. Gross, of Rockford; one great-granddaughter, Jessica E. Hagin, of Rockford; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Gross was preceded in death by his
parents; wife, Shirley; two sons, Dennis and Larry Gross; nine brothers and sisters, Floyd Gross, John Gross, Leoata Roloff, Stella Martin, Ival Gross, Leroy Gross, Ray Gross, Francis Knoop, and Hariett Gross.
Fullerton Funeral Home, (641) 756-3311.