Vernon Gross of Grass Valley died on Oct. 21, 2013, from complications of a fall, preceded by a heart attack. He was 81.

The rosary will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Church, Grass Valley, Calif. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Church. A burial will be at 11 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2013, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Los Altos, Calif.

Vern was born on March 14, 1932, in Bazine, Ness County, Kan., to Henry R Gross and Marie (Kuehn) Gross. He attended school in Bazine until his family moved to Berthoud, Colo. He joined the Air Force in 1951 during the Korean War and was stationed in England at Lakenheath AFB.

Married, in Santa Clara, Calif., to Susan Yaros for 45 years, they made their home in the Bay Area until 1987. Vern was a reliability engineer for 25 years until his retirement from Hewlett Packard. They moved to Vern’s dream place: beautiful acreage in Grass Valley, where he established the Rainbow Ridge Christmas Tree Farm. He loved to tell the customers how he did “stump cultivation” and how to take good care of the land. A man of all seasons, he could fix anything and contributed his time and talent to the community.

He was a member of St Patrick’s Church, the Nevada County Country Club, the Nevada County Farm Bureau and the Northstar Project.

Vern leaves his wife, Sue; daughter, Lisa; extended family member, Janet Neyens; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scott M Gross; sisters Virginia L McGuffey and Darlene Busch; and brothers Bob, Donald, Gene, Clyde and Bill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nevada County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 43, Chicago Park, CA 95712 or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.

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