Mr. Robert Gene Gross, of Indianapolis, passed away on the morning of Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at his residence. He was 71. Robert was born July 22, 1948 in Indianapolis a son of the late Thea Gross and Dora (Hicks) Butrum.
Robert attended Arsenal Technical High School and was the owner-operator of Brickyard Trucking in Indianapolis retiring in 2013. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm as well as a Good Conduct Medal. He was a member and Past Commander of VFW Post 2999 in Indianapolis and through the VFW, was a co-sponsor of the National Children’s Home in Michigan.
Robert loved music and played the guitar and sang in local bands including the Ralph Mullins Band and Country Proud. He particularly liked Outlaw Country especially Waylon Jennings. Robert also enjoyed riding his Harley, reading and watching Westerns. He dearly loved his family and having them around and was always willing to help others.
Robert is survived by his children, Sherie (Lon) Bolen, Robert D. Gross, Michelle Payne and Waylon (Shana) Gross; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, his step-mother, Wanda Gross; his sisters, Juanita Gann and Sharon Gross and a brother, Steve Gross as well as many nieces and nephews, beloved cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in passing by his brother, Delmas Gross.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center with a memorial service following at 7:00 pm.
A final funeral service will be at 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Bowling Funeral Home, 1704 N. Main St., London, KY. The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until the time of service. Burial will follow to Gross Cemetery in London.
For those choosing to make a memorial contribution, the family has suggested those be offered to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.