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Robert "Bob" Gross

April 28, 2018

Robert Joseph “Bob” Gross, of Victoria, Kansas, age 56, died Saturday, April 28, 2018, at his home in Victoria, Kansas. He was born October 20, 1961, in Hays, Kansas, to Donald F. and Rita M. (Rome) Gross.

He worked in the corporate world for Cessna Aircraft, Boeing, and Coleman Company all of Wichita.  He was a 1979 graduate of Victoria High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University in 1983.  He was a member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria, Kansas. His true passion was coming back to Ellis County playing the role of a country boy by helping his dad and grandfather work the land.  He was an avid fan of the K-State Wildcats.

Survivors include one son, Bret Gross and wife, Kelsey, Overland Park, KS; one daughter, Lauren Smith and husband, Bryan, Littleton, CO; his mother, Rita M. Gross, Victoria, KS; children’s mother, Peggy Deiter, Wichita, KS; one granddaughter, Gwen Renee Gross; one brother, Mike Gross and wife, Virginia, Shawnee, KS; one sister, Janet Trombley and husband, Don, Newtown, PA; one aunt, Marge Rome, Victoria, KS; three nephews, Ryan Trombley, Notre Dame, IN; Sam Gross, New York, NY; Will Gross, Shawnee, KS.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald F. Gross; one infant sister, Anne Marie Gross; his god-mother, Mary Lou Rome, his grandparents, John P. and Anna (Herl) Gross; and Joseph M. and Albina (Kuhn) Rome.

The family suggests memorial to the Smoky Hill Foundation: Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse, 209 E. 7th, Hays, Kansas 67601.

Services will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday, May 4, 2018, at The Basilica of St, Fidelis, Victoria, Kansas.  Burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria, Kansas.

A  St. Fidelis Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, a Class of 1979 rosary will be at 7:30 P.M. Thursday, and a vigil service at 8:00 P.M. Thursday, all at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, Kansas 67671.

Visitation is from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Thursday and from 12:00 to 12:45 P.M. Friday, all at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, Victoria, Kansas.

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