Deborrah Ann Gross (June 28, 2020)

August 20, 1956 ~ June 28, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
1:00 – 8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc.
Harlan, IA
(get directions)


Thursday, July 2, 2020
11:00 AM
Faith Family Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)

Husband – Marvin Gross of Earling, IA
1 Son – Jason (Missy) Gross of Irwin, IA
1 Daughter – Jessica (Kyle) Staudt of Glenwood, IA
2 Sisters – Diana Weber of Denison, IA
Nancy Wiley of Denison, IA
1 Brother – Gary (Mimi) Wiley of Omaha, NE
5 Grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

NOTE: Social Distancing Standards will be observed during visitation and services.

Deborrah Ann “Deb” Gross, the daughter of Virgil Christopher and Bernadine Elsie (Petersen) Wiley, was born in Harlan, Iowa, on August 20, 1956. She was baptized at the Church of Christ in Irwin, Iowa. Deb grew up in rural Irwin and attended Irwin-Kirkman Community Schools. On December 15, 1973, Deb married Marvin Joseph Gross at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earling, Iowa. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Earling where they owned and operated the Earling Locker for seven years. Deb then completed training to become a dental assistant, and worked in that field for 30 years before retiring.

Deb was a member of Lifegate Church in Omaha, Nebraska. She truly treasured time spent with family and friends, and especially loved all her grandchildren. Deb enjoyed taking family vacations, driving her Mini Cooper, and riding motorcycles. She liked to spend time fishing, working in her flower garden, doing crafts, and going to garage sales.

Deb A. Gross died on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at her home in Earling, Iowa. She had reached the age of 63 years, 10 months, and 8 days.

Deb was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Steve Wiley. She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, Marvin Gross of Earling, Iowa; one son, Jason (Missy) Gross of Irwin, Iowa; one daughter, Jessica (Kyle) Staudt of Glenwood, Iowa; two sisters, Diana Weber and Nancy Wiley, both of Denison, Iowa; one brother, Gary (Mimi) Wiley of Omaha, Nebraska; five grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Faith Family Church, Harlan, Iowa, with Mr. Russ Trierweiler officiating. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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20 Responses to Deborrah Ann Gross (June 28, 2020)

  1. Dennis W Juhl says:

    The world lost a sweet voice.

  2. Don and Mary Weis Assmann says:

    Gross family, Deb was a lovely and well liked lady. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  3. Denise Richards says:

    People come into our lives for all sorts of reasons. Some teach us life lessons we never forget. Some nurture us and help us become better people. Some simply love us with all their hearts. Then there are people like Deb, who did all those things and more. Deb’s smile shone through the dark clouds, every day. I am honored to have known her as I did. She was a role model and another mother figure to me. She will be missed dearly. Love you all, Marvin, Jessica & Kyle, Jason & Missy.

  4. Bonnie Kenkel says:

    Our sympathy to you, Marvin, Jason and Jessica.Deb was truly one of the best 🙏

  5. Mary Ann Sullivan says:

    I’m glad we’re friends
    I’d feel so lucky if I could be
    The kind of friend you’ve been to me
    A friend who loves
    A friend who cares
    A friend who’s thoughtful
    One who shares….
    A friend who takes life’s ups and downs
    Long on SMILES and short on frowns…
    A friend who cheers a sunny day
    One folks can count on come what may
    A friend who’s lots of fun to be with
    A person I can be ‘just me with’
    A friend who like the things I do
    The things I think and speak of too….
    A friend that’s fun to pass the hours with,
    A friend that I don’t mind the showers with.
    And if some magic let me
    Be the kind of friend
    You’ve been to me
    (I’ve heard that magic happens too)
    You know the first thing I would do ?
    I’d be that kind of friend to you!
    Love ya Deb
    Mary Ann

  6. Judi Gross says:

    .Marvin and Family, Sending many prayers to you and your family at this difficult time. Deb was a Wonderful, Caring and Beautiful Lady. Damian and I shared many fun times with you guys. God Bless you All.

  7. Marie. Kenkel says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Deb . It is so hard to lose a loved one God bless both of you🙏

  8. Rose and Matt Koesters says:

    Marvin and Family, we want to express our sympathy to you all. Deb was one of the sweetest women we knew. She was kind, humble and sweet with a beautiful smile. Her grandkids were very special to her. Jason and Jessica- continue to talk about her to your kids for those precious memories. I know how close your family is and I hope those memories will always be with you. Hugs!!

  9. Jeff & Lynette Gross, Rural Beverly, Kansas says:

    Even though I only met Deb for the first time in January 2019, she made a special effort to welcome me into her home each time I came to Earling. She was always so kind, funny, and fun to be around. She and Marvin and their family treated me like relation they had known forever. Thank you Deb and Marvin and kids! Lynette and I only wish that we could have gotten to know her better.
    But in the short time we did know her, we both recognized her as someone special. She will be greatly missed.

  10. Cindy Broughton says:

    Deb you were always the voice of reason and sound advice. I will miss your wise Godly counsel and your sweet smile! I love you and will miss dearly ! Till we meet again sweet sister-in-law. Cindy

  11. Elaine Hansen says:

    Cousin Marvin & family, so sorry to hear about Deb. She was so sweet & always smiling. Our sympathy to you and your family. We wish you much comfort during this sad time, and sending love to all of you.

    Elaine Hansen(Langenfeld) and Rod Hansen

  12. Greater Omaha Intergroup, Inc. says:

    She always had a friendly, bright smile.

  13. Maureen O'Neill-Remington says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to Marvin, Jason, Jessica, and all.of Deb’s family. I have so many good memories of our talks and laughs when we were commuting together to College, and we were the “old ladies” on Campus. May Deb rest in peace, and perpetual light shine upon her. Deb truly had a beautiful soul and a kind heart. I pray that your hearts will be filled with beautiful memories of Deb during this difficult time.

  14. Daniel & Judy Gross says:

    To my loving caring brother Marvin & family,I feel so deeply lost of words. I only tgat Deb was a wonderdul sister-in-law and was really treasured by our family and I know she was your special treasure. Deeply sorry for your loss, but I’m happy where she is at. One day we will all join her in heaven for eternity.I love you very much Marvin. We had lots of good times and lost of treasured memories.Stay stron with God and he will always be with you. Looking forward to see you in a couple of days. Love You, Dan Marvin this is Judy. We all have even a bigger reason to make it to heaven now. Just think we’ll have a reunions that we never have to separate again. God will see you through it you have lots of prayers for you just hang on to all the good memories cuz you have plenty! Dad was a great inspiration to me oh through these years. We had so many good times with our kids together when we love back there in Iowa and also when we would come up every year for the reunions. I’m so sorry for your loss but we have another angel now that is up in heaven with our moms and rejoicing and completely healed. We love you Marvin all your family and we have prayers going up for you Jason Jessica and all your family grandchildren friends everyone. Go with God and he will go with you. Love, Judy

  15. Robert Whitaker says:

    Deb was always great at bringing happiness and joy to any event, getting people to smile, listening whenever someone needed to talk, and always giving positive advice. She’s definitely made a big impact on me from having conversations with her and laughing with her. Take care Marvin, Jason, and Jessica. I wish I could help ease the pain a little somehow. Love to you all.

  16. Cheryl Casebolt says:

    Dear Marvin and family, we are so sorry for your loss and hope good memories will help in this sad time. Love you, cousin Cheri (Langenfeld) and Marc Casebolt and sons

  17. Janie Bruck says:

    Deb was such a sweet lady. When our kids were young we enjoyed socializing together. She was A kind and lovely lady. She will be missed. My sympathy Marv,Jason, Jessica, And all other family members.

  18. Nancy Chapline says:

    Oh Marvin…..😞
    It is difficult to say any words of comfort to ease your loss. But nothing would mean more to you than the knowledge that Deb was saved, is now in our heavenly Father’s presence, and you will see her again. Praise the Lord for that!
    My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Love you, Marvin!

  19. Randy Feser says:

    At a time like this it’s very hard to come up with words. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you my friend.

    Randy Fese

  20. Chris Gross says:

    She was a BEAUTIFUL Lady. Will miss her dearly

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