Gerald John Gross (February 27, 2015)

11504 Photo oval 1December 17, 1934 ~ February 27, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
2:00-9:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Funeral Home.
A Wake Service will be held at 7:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
11:00 AM
St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Defiance, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Defiance, IA

Wife – Martha Ann Gross of Irwin, IA
1 Daughter – Deb (David) Stracke of Harlan, IA
4 Sons – Leonard (Darcy) Gross of Kirbyville, MO
Tony Gross of Manilla, IA
Paul (Joy) Gross of Manilla, IA
Dean (Jamie) Gross of Irwin, IA
1 Brother – Ronald (Rita) Gross of Defiance, IA
2 Sisters-in-law – Linda Gross of Harlan, IA
Karen Gross of Harlan, IA
13 Grandchildren
3 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Gerald John Gross, the son of Michael Jacob and Cecelia Marie (Klein) Gross, was born on December 17, 1934, in rural Earling, Iowa. In 1952, he graduated from St. Paul’s Catholic School in Defiance, Iowa, and then helped his father on the farm. On January 19, 1957, Gerald married Martha Ann Stoll at The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Conception, Missouri.

After his marriage, Gerald continued to help his father, and then began farming south of Defiance. In 1963, Gerald and Martha Ann began farming their own ground located west of Irwin; they made their home there in 1966. In 1997, the couple moved to Irwin, and Gerald continued to help his sons farm, where he liked to haul grain in the fall and chop weeds.

Gerald was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Defiance, Iowa. He loved the outdoors and hard work, and especially liked to pick sweet corn to share with family and friends. Gerald was an avid Boston Celtics fan, and enjoyed watching Larry Bird play for the team. He was fond of food (particularly ice cream and popcorn) and he would often say, “Just Delicious!” Time spent with family at the grandkids’ sporting events and family birthday parties was precious; he was very pleased to have celebrated his 80th birthday with his family.

Gerald J. Gross died on Friday, February 27, 2015, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, having reached the age of 80 years, 2 months, and 10 days.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Janice Langenfeld; and three brothers, Larry Gross, Michael Gross, and Jack Gross. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha Ann Gross of Irwin, Iowa; one daughter, Deb (David) Stracke of Harlan, Iowa; four sons, Leonard (Darcy) Gross of Kirbyville, Missouri, Tony Gross and Paul (Joy) Gross, both of Manilla, Iowa, and Dean (Jamie) Gross of Irwin, Iowa; one brother, Ronald (Rita) Gross of Defiance, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Linda Gross and Karen Gross, both of Harlan, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A Wake Service was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Defiance, Iowa, with celebrants Father Urey Mark, SVD, Father Daniel Petsche, Father Ken Gross and Rev. Msgr. Gerald J. Stessman officiating. Judy Rewerts served as the organist and Elizabeth Stroud was the vocalist. Casket bearers were Steve Gross, Jade Gross, Dylan Gross, Perry Gross, Curtis Clark, Jason Leinen, and Nathan Gross. Burial was in the St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Defiance, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at


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6 Responses to Gerald John Gross (February 27, 2015)

  1. Linda Goetz Sousa says:

    Martha, Dean and family,

    My mom (Theresa Goetz) called to inform me of what happened…. I am so very sorry for your loss….. My heart goes out to all of you…… I live out in CO and was unable to make it back for the funeral.
    In troubling times I like to reflect on a verse if I can. One that I am reading right now is Matthew 5:16. ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.’
    I always thought Gerald was a good man, he always seemed to be smiling and enjoying life, and helping others around him.
    I can only imagine your feelings of loss.. May Christ be with you all in this time..

    Linda Goetz Sousa


    You have my deepest sympathy in your time of loss-

  3. Rich and Myrna Schwarte says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Darla (Schwarte) Krosko says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with all. Sorry for your loss.

  5. Cyndi Barry Groshong says:

    To the entire Gross family (childhood neighbors. I am so sorry to hear of you loss. You are in our Prayers. Cyndi

  6. Jerry Boger says:

    Dean, Jamie & Family:
    So sorry to hear of Geralds tragic accident and passing. My thoughts and prayers are
    with you at this sad time.
    God’s Blessings.

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