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James E. Gross

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 2:11 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 2:18 p.m. CST

James E. Gross, 85, Oregon, died Sunday, Aug.17, 2014 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. 

He was born on Dec. 25, 1928 in Chicago, the son of James G. and Mae (Adanick) Gross. 

He married Eva Schroder on Feb. 28, 1953 in Chicago; she died Jan. 30, 2005. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War, and was employed as a woodworker in manufacturing. 

James lived in Oregon since 1988 and is best remembered for riding his three-wheeled bicycle all over town and beyond. 

He enjoyed woodworking and making bird houses. 

He is survived by sons, Anthony Gross, Chapel Hill, N.C. and James A. (Nancy) Gross, Mt. Morris; daughters, Annette (Claude) LeFrapper, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Mary (Gary) Duffy, Hanover Park; grandchildren, Leana and Alan LeFrapper, Ryan, Jennifer and Shannon Duffy and Amanda Gross; and great-grandchildren, Santino “Sonny,” Gavin, and Andrew. 

The family will have a private ceremony and, in lieu of flowers, request memorials in his name to the American Lung Association. 

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, assisted the family with arrangements.  

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