July 18 1930 November 27 2022
Kenneth Eugene Gross, 92, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Sunday, November 27, 2022 at SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Sprenkle Drive. He was the husband of the late Mildred E. (Bubb) Gross, with whom he shared the best 62 years of his life. Kenneth was born in West York on July 18, 1930, the son of the late Clarence O. and Anna (Stough) Gross. At a young age Ken learned electrical wiring while helping out at his father’s appliance store – and then when the depression afforded only one son to remain employed, his parents decided he would go to college. Ken then followed his best friend to Duke University where he studied electrical engineering and wrestled. God then brought the love of his life into his world while at home over summer break, and he completed his senior year with his new bride by his side. Ken embarked on his career and a baby girl soon followed. Because his wife had always wanted a son the couple went on to have five more children. All six were daughters, and Ken never minded being severely outnumbered 7:1. Ken ran a tight ship and taught his children how to do things the right way. A typical Sunday consisted of Sunday School and church, a family visit with his parents, and then all settling in with a bowl of homemade ice cream for dinner while watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Ken was a member of Canadochly Lutheran Church for 53 years where he served on Church Council and volunteered in various roles. Ken didn’t talk much about work while at home though he had an accomplished career including some key projects in support of the World Trade Center, as well as work overseas, and then retired from York International in 1990. Ken was never idle. He was content reading the newspaper cover to cover every day, house projects, and tinkering – as well as countless trips throughout the US and abroad, including a 26-member family cruise to Bermuda. Simple at heart, nothing ever really compared to the joy and serenity of a family camping trip, especially the laughter surrounding a campfire or hiking favorite trails at Caledonia State Park. Ken was energetic and playful with his kids and grandkids and injected sport into everything from handstand and pancake eating contests to croquet competitions. He was present and supportive during every holiday celebration and family trial, as well as enthusiastically cheered on his tribe at countless athletic and musical events. Kenneth is survived by five daughters, Kathryn Stasko and her husband Daniel of York, Nancy Lamar and her husband, Jesse of Anderson, SC, Pamela Williams and her husband, Dennis of Red Lion, Betsy Weixel and her husband, Michael of Purcellville, VA, and Kristy Atkinson and her husband, Wade of York; 13 grandchildren, George, Kenneth, Kristin, Amanda, Benjamin, Daniel, Grant, Kirstin, Kolin, Kendra, Samuel, Jonas, and Elise; 10 great grandchildren, Zachary, Julia, Leo, Ryker, Liam, Jackson, Kemp, Aiden, Kinslee, and Konnor; and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Gross of York and Vonnie Gross of York. He was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and James Mathias; a grandson, Ryan Daniel Stasko; and two brothers, Donald Gross and Clarence Gross, Jr. A funeral service will be held Friday, December 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Canadochly Lutheran Church, 4921 East Prospect Road, York, with Pastor Thomas McKee officiating. A visitation will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service at Mount Rose Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Canadochly Lutheran Church, 4921 East Prospect Road, York, PA 17406. Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, PA 17403.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Kenneth Eugene Gross July 18 1930 November 27 2022.
Death notice for the town of: York, state: Pennsylvania