In Memory

John D. Gross

John D. Gross

  JOHN D. GROSS, 75, passed away on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, from the effects of Parkinson's Disease at Majestic Care in New Haven. Born in Fort Wayne, John was the son of the late Robert S. and Agnes C. Gross. He spent 67 summers going to Big Long Lake in Wolcottville, Ind., and was a true "laker." He was a graduate of North Side High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Indiana University. John was a devoted IU football and basketball fan. John joined the U.S. Army immediately following his college graduation and served as a S/Sgt in Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in combat, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, as well as two Purple Hearts. After returning to Fort Wayne, John began his accounting career with Fruehauf Trailer and retired as a Financial Analyst with General Dynamics. John is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sylvia Gross; daughters, Sara Gross of Baltimore, Md., and Amy (Nick) Stephenson; grandsons, Preston and Spencer Stephenson who brought him great joy; and brothers, R. Steven (Donna) Gross of Big Long Lake, Frank (Paula) Gross of Bradenton, Fla., and Greg (Micheale) of Fort Wayne. Service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, at FairHaven Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St., with calling from noon until the service. Memorials may be made to Rock Steady Boxing, 6701 S. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46816; or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at

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12/28/20 02:00 PM #1    

Kathryn A. Haughey (Chezik)

What sad news.  John was one of my favorite classmates.. kind, warm, and mature. He will be missed. 

12/29/20 02:38 PM #2    

Michael H. Claphan

Condolences to John's family and friends. I remember him as a fellow half-miler (we called each other "Flash" and "Lightning", I don't remember who was which). I saw him once in the early '70's and we had a beer. He talked about leading patrols in Viet Nam and trying to keep his guys from getting killed. He had a slight limp from one of the two times he was shot over there, but he still tried to stay in shape. Rest in peace, John. You are a great American.

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