Gerald “Jerry” Gross passed away Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids at the age of 85.
Gerald Herman Gross was born Jan. 3, 1934, in Brook Park. Jerry grew up in the town of Bruno where he was cared for by his great-aunt Edna Zern. He attended Bruno elementary school and later graduated from Askov High School in 1952. Jerry’s junior year of playing on Askov’s basketball team, he dove for the ball along with another player who had the same idea and Jerry ending up on the bottom and in a body cast and could not play for the district championship.
At the age of 19, Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force and was sent to Illinois where he was trained as an airplane mechanic. After completing his service he returned to Minnesota. On Aug. 15, 1959, Jerry was united in marriage to JoAnne Selleck at the Methodist Church in Pine City.
Jerry was employed at the paper mill in Cloquet, City Clerk for the City of Braham, and worked for Mark Eliason and Farmers Insurance.
Jerry and JoAnne donated much of their time and efforts, especially on holidays, to the Masonic home.
Jerry is survived by his wife JoAnne of Pine City; brothers Winston Gross of St. Paul and Ronald Gross of Sonora, California; sisters Jane (Wally) Connaker of Pine City, Sue Carol Earl of Connecticut; brother-in-law Micheal (Kim) Selleck of Atwater, California; sister-in-law Nancy (Dick) Screge of Texas; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Herman Gross and Virginia Olson; father- and mother-in-law Keith and Olive Selleck; great-aunt Edna Zern; sisters-in-law Kay Gross and Bernice Gross.
Pastor Rob Spahr officiated funeral services for Jerry Tuesday, July 16, with a time of visitation and reviewal held one hour prior to the service, all at the Swanson Chapel. Casket bearers included Wally Connaker, Robert Gross, Joe Rosemeyer and Jim Sharp. Music was provided by Caron Peters and Glenna Reierson. The interment took place in Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Memorials in Jerry’s memory may be directed to: American Heart Association, 2750 Blue Water Road, Suite 250, Eagan, Minnesota 55121 or Masonic Heart Hospital, 2450 Riverside Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55454.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City – Swanson Chapel. www.FuneralAndCremationService.com