Robert "Bob" Jeffery Gross
Friday 23rd of September 1960 - Monday 15th of November 2021
Robert Gross Funeral Service
Milward - Man O'War
Trent Blvd, LEXINGTON, KY
Director MILWARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Robert (Bob) Jeffrey Gross, 61, of Lexington, Kentucky was born on September 23, 1960, in Harlan, Kentucky to McKinley (Ken) and Mary Bennett Gross. He is survived by his stepmother, Karen Hall Gross. He received his ultimate healing on November 15, 2021, in hospice care at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents, McKinley (Ken) and Mary Bennett Gross, his brothers-in-law Billy Spencer Blanton of Wallins Creek, Kentucky and David John Eger of Hale, Michigan. He was also proceeded in death by his sisters-in-law Sandra Lee Perry of Detroit, Michigan and Tina Lorraine Olson of Atlanta Georgia and his parents-in-law Harold Leaford Martin and Muriel Thelma Martin both of Detroit Michigan.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy Lynn (Martin) Gross, his three Daughters, Naomi Crase (Gene) of Breathitt County, Kentucky, Alaina Jewell (Erik) of Madison County, Kentucky, and Sarah Noel (Chadwick) of Anderson County, Kentucky. Also survived are 4 Siblings, Kimberly Gross Blanton, Patricia Golick, Both of Wallins Creek, Kentucky, Patrick Gross (Shannon) of Southern Pines, North Carolina, and Michael Gross (Michelle) of Taylorsville, Kentucky.
Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, CJ and Zoe Crase, Jacob, Janae and Jasmine Jewell and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Even as a young man, he enjoyed volunteering, beginning with the Civil Air Patrol, as well as many community service projects. He was in ROTC at Chadsey High School in Detroit, Michigan. Upon graduation, he proudly served in the United States Navy, in which he served 4 years as an air intercept controller on the USS Arkansas, the first nuclear guided missile cruiser. He received several commendations during his years of service. Upon discharge from the US Navy in 1982, he met his future wife, Tammy! They were married in November of 1983. he volunteered for the Taylor Auxiliary Police Department, in which he was officer of the year in 1989. He retired from the Taylor Auxiliary Police after 10 years of service. Upon moving to Kentucky, he became involved with DEEM (now DEM) and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). He volunteered with the EOC and DEM as a logistics chief. He began his work with both in the late 90’s and had to step around 2018 due to his health. During the ice storm in 2003 and the Comair Flight 5191 in 2006 especially, he was proud to be a volunteer with them as he was able to help people, and that is what he loved to do. He always enjoyed spending time with family and having get-togethers with friends and family. He was a fun-loving guy who could find humor in almost any situation. He served in his church home alongside Tammy in several ministries, including, AWANA, Master Club, VBS, Children’s church, Reformers Unanimous (RU), and a Young Married Sunday School class. Bob and Tammy also started a nursing home ministry with another couple. They loved serving together and were very active until Bob’s health began to decline, even then, he encouraged Tammy to find her own ministry.
Thank you to all who have come out to pay their respects at the visitation night and the funeral and military honors ceremony, all were blessed by your presence. Your uplifting of myself, our girls, and his siblings and other close family and friends gave us each the grace to continue on. We are all so thankful for your prayers on our behalf most of all, as God is sustaining us each and every day!
John & Leona Knightsays
Tammy, I am so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great coworker and we spoke of family all the time. There are no words that will help you heal, but time and your wonderful memories of the man he was will comfort you in the days to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless!