February 20, 2017

Robert “Bob” Henry Gross

Robert “Bob” Henry Gross was born October 12, 1928 in Havelock to John and Katherine (Roth) Gross, the 8th of 8 children.  He died peacefully, surrounded by his family on February 19, 2017 at Gramercy Hill in Lincoln.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1946.  He married Betty Burianek on May 14, 1949. He worked for Burlington Shops in Havelock, as a carpenter in California, and as a Conductor for the Burlington Northern Railroad.  He was an avid woodworker who made lots of wooden names for people he met.  He enjoyed fishing and traveling in his Airstream.  Over the years, he volunteered at the Veteran’s Hospital and at Crossbridge Christian Church.  He was a member of Burlington Campers, Airstream Club, BN Veterans and BN Club.        

Survivors:  wife, son Gary Gross, Daughter Colleen (Craig) Wittstruck, Grandchildren; Tami (Greg) Prang, Robert Gross (Leah Carrera), Courtney Wittstruck, Casey (Whitney) Wittstruck, Jessica (Brent) Foreman, Cole (Bonnie) Wittstruck, and John Gross (Erica Spanyers).  Great-grandchildren; Logan, Carter, Brynley & Macy Prang, Liam & Grace Wittstruck, Audrey & Adelyn Foreman, and Gabi Carrera.

Preceded in death by parents, brothers Walter, Johnny, Otto, sisters Caroline, Ernestine, and infant sisters Bertha and Virginia.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 22nd from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment with military honors will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials to the family for a later designation.


  1. So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He was such a nice man. Loved visiting with him. A good friend to my parents (Bernie and Ruth Richter). You are all in my prayers.

  2. Dear Gross family. I am so sorry to have read of the death of Robert. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4. These verses tell us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones as well as do away with all causes we have for suffering, including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my hope that these thoughts will comfort your family also.

  3. Gross Family–We are so sorry to hear about Bob’s death. It is consoling that you were able to be with him as he passed. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can do to help you through this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

  4. So saddened by the loss of Bob. I have so many wonderful memories of him. From family walks, and randomly stopping by with my family to admire Bob and Betty’s garden, to fishing with Bob and Pete (like Grumpy Old Men)…. Didn’t have to worry about catching fish, Betty and Marilyn always had plenty to feed us when we got back. Truly wanted to be at the services today, but the road job put me home slightly too late. Nevertheless, Bob(and family) will be in our thoughts and prayers…. I am so thankful for the memories!


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