John Gross

John Douglas Gross

Friday, March 9th, 1945 - Monday, December 14th, 2020
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John D. Gross, 75, passed away from effects of Parkinson’s Disease on Monday, December 14, 2020 at Majestic Care in New Haven. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, John was the son of the late Robert S. and Agnes C. Gross. He spent 67 summers going to Big Long Lake in Wolcottville, Indiana and was a true “laker.” He was a graduate of North Side High School and earned his bachelors degree from Indiana University. John was a devoted IU football and basketball fan. John joined the US 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, Amy (Nick) Stephenson; grandsons, Preston and Spencer Stephenson who brought him great joy; brothers, R. Steven (Donna) Gross of Big Long Lake, Frank (Paula) Gross of Bradenton, FL, and Greg (Micheale) of Fort Wayne. Service is 2 pm, Saturday, January 2, 2021 at FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton Street, with calling from 12 pm until the service. Memorials may be made to Rock Steady Boxing, 6701 S. Anthony Blvd. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46816 or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or at
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  • Visitation

    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 2:00pm
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    Address Not Available
    Visitation 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 |
    Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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  • Interment

    Marion National Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Marion, Indiana
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Posted at 11:36pm
With deepest sympathy, Dieter & Diane Zollner, Duane & Gloria Kent and Norm & Lisa Kent
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Barb Kovats Tuttle

Posted at 12:37pm
I just learned of John's passing. He and I graduated from St. Jude School in Fort Wayne in 1959. I remember John as the smartest kid in our class! Because my family moved away from FW during my high school years, I hadn't seen John in many years -- until our St. Jude '59 reunion in 2006. As I chatted with him at that reunion, I found him to be the same kind, considerate person I remembered from many years ago! My condolences to the Gross family. Rest in peace, John. Barb Kovats Tuttle

Lestine Wilkins-Bailey

Posted at 09:14am
My deepest heartfelt condolences to Sara Gross, my co-worker, and to the rest of the family. I pray the Lord sends all of His comfort and peace during this time of grief for your loss.


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