Mr. Gross was born in Arcola on October 31, 1931, a son of Alfred H. and Icie (Shively) Gross, Sr. He spent his formative years in Arcola, and graduated from Arcola High School in 1951.
A volunteer with the Brethren Volunteer Service for two years, he served in Vienna, Austria helping rebuild the city that had been destroyed during World War II. In 1957 he again shipped out, this time from Chicago as a cook on an iron ore boat which sailed the Great Lakes. He worked as a cook for Republic Steel for 14 years, and later for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, retiring in 1984.
Kenneth had a great love of books and old movies, and exhibited great concern and care for God’s creation. He was a member of the Blue River Church of the Brethren, Whitley County.
His parents preceded him in death. Also deceased is his older brother, Alfred Gross, Jr., who died on September 20, 1991.
The surviving relatives include a niece, Anita Gross of Columbia City; and three nephews, Bob (Rachel) Gross of North Manchester, Andrew Gross of Fort Wayne, and Gary (Micki) Gross of Churubusco.
Graveside services were on Saturday at the Christian Chapel Cemetery in Merriam with Rev. Craig Alan Myers, pastor of Blue River Church of the Brethren, officiating. Interment followed.
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to Blue River Church of the Brethren, Timbercrest Senior Living Community, or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.
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