James R. Gross
James R. Gross
April 15, 1950 ‐ December 30, 2021
Jim Gross- a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many, passed away December 30, 2021, at the age of 71.
Born on April 15, 1950, Jim was the son of Robert and Jeanne Gross and the oldest brother of Ken (Rita) and Holly (Rick) Adkins.
A proud Eagle Scout, he graduated from Bay Village High School. While quiet and shy in high school, everyone at Findlay College knew and was friends with “Camel.” Findlay was not just where he graduated from college, but also where he met the love of his life, Sue, who he was married to for 48 years. They went on to have two beautiful daughters, Rachel and Rebecca, who Jim taught to enjoy classic rock, basic wood working, the importance of a good bowl of ice cream, and other essential life skills.
Family tolerated his corny jokes while admiring his woodworking, furniture building, and his smoked ribs. Jim traveled throughout the US, Europe, and parts of Africa, enjoying beer tasting along the way. Some of his favorite memories were of camping, swimming in Lake Erie, and the many beach dinners with family and friends.
Jim earned a Masters of History at Cleveland State University. His career was spent working at Ohio Bell, Ameritech, and National City Bank.
Jim is survived by his wife Sue, his daughters Rachel Waite (Trevor) and Rebecca, granddaughter Liesl Waite, and his siblings and their families. He is also leaving behind his beloved dog Willy, cat Baby Moses, and family horse Annie.
Thank you to Dr. William E. Braun, Dr. Saul Nurko, and the many caregivers at the Cleveland Clinic who Jim and his family have encountered over the years.
Private services to be held at Jenkins Funeral Chapel in Westlake with a reception announced at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Animal Protective League, 1729 Willey Ave, 44113