OBITUARY

Lawrence "Larry" Raymond Gross

December 8, 1938June 3, 2021

Lawrence Raymond Gross crossed over on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 4:44 pm, at home surrounded by his wife, Anna Gross, his daughters Rebecca Highland and her husband Tom, Amy Greenwood and Ali Hamrah, granddaughter Ashley Minor, grandson Austin Kolb, sister in law Regina Johnson and nieces Rachael Kuper and Anna Thompson.

Larry was born December 8, 1938 in Chicago to the late Ed and Betty Gross. He attended college at Baylor University where he was in the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity and later graduated in 1961 with his bachelor degree in Business Administration and a beautiful girlfriend, Anna Carol Lyons from Phoenix, AZ whom he later married January 26, 1962. Larry and Anna were married in Phoenix and moved to Kansas City for his job with National Cash Register followed by a job with Pfizer. After his honorable discharge from the Army Reserves in 1966 Larry and Anna moved to St. Louis for an opportunity with Richards Manufacturing, which later became Smith and Nephew Orthopedics. He worked hard and was a successful businessman for over 32 years as an orthopedic distributor. Larry was a member of OREF (Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation) and received an award of Order Of Merit Cum Laude for Distinguished Philanthropy for Advancement of Orthopedic Surgery. When his parents were retiring from the business they built in 1959, Candlelight Lodge, Larry and his younger brother bought it from them in 1983 and then sold it in 2001. However, his love for his family and friends outweighed the successes he achieved on paper.

Larry was a generous soul to everyone. His legacy will be followed out in the lives he touched along his time here on earth. Whether you saw him on the golf course, at the bank or the grocery store he would inevitably stop to chat and ask you about your life. His kindness and humor were staples for his everyday life and his generosity extended far beyond pleasantries. Larry was an avid supporter of Coyote Hill, Christian Fellowship School, Boy Scouts, Vitae, Rainbow House, Sinclair School of Nursing, The Crossing, Primrose Hill and many others.

He is survived by Anna, his wife of almost 60 years; daughters Rebecca Highland (Tom) and Amy Greenwood; grandchildren Ashley Minor (Scott), Austin Kolb (Lauren), Alex White (Chris), Tyler Kolb, Chandler Greenwood, Cooper Greenwood; great grandchildren Hendrix Kolb, Eilee Kolb and August Minor.

Larry was preceded in death by his oldest son, Jamie Gross, 2 brothers, Randy and David and his sister, Gwennie.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm on Friday June 11, 2021 at The Crossing Church, 3615 Southland Dr., Columbia, MO 65201, followed by a memorial service at 12:00 pm, conducted by Shay Roush. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

  • DONATIONS

  • Larry Gross Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Foundation
  • Coyote Hill
  • Vitae Foundation

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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 11, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, June 11, 2021

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Tom & Alice Payne

June 10, 2021

Alice and I were neighbors with Larry and Anna on Picket Post for over a decade. There we got to know them and the girls, and grew to really appreciate Larry. He was a wonderful neighbor, a great guy. Larry and Anna included us in many of their great parties over the years, and invited us over to just visit-Alice, Anna and I sitting at the bar and Larry behind leaning against or sitting on counter. On one occasion we even got to experience Larry’s famous meat balls😋 All through those years we smiled and laughed and shared our lives. Likely a not well-known fact is that Larry was a great “ ground hog scout” for our pursuit of ridding our area of those little “ pecker heads”😂. I had tried everything to get rid of them ( traps, poison, cussing) to no avail. So I resulted to fire power. First a shot gun, but it had no range and they were always feeding down in the yard. Well, one time Larry called to let me know he spotted one down by the swing set in our yard. I told him I’d shoot the bugger. Sure enough there it was. I told Alice, who was downstairs on the computer, that I was going to shoot it. Well it was 50-75 yard away and I knew my 16 gauge wouldn’t reach. My 22 only had a duck taped paper clip for a front sight. All I had left was a 30-O6 Alice gave me for my one venture deer hunting while we lived in Texas. I knew it had the range. Sooooo, I raised my upstairs window, rested the rifle on a pillow and shot. OMG what a boom! Alice screamed bloody murder, AND my “able scout” Larry called. “, “Geez, I was in the shower jumped of the floor, did a 360, and bumped my head on a shower head “😂😂. I’m not certain all the details are accurate, but it’s a great story and memory. We’ll miss our neighbor, our friend. Bless you Larry and thanks for the memories you made possible. Love to you, Anna, the girls and their guys and kids.

Joe Simmons

June 9, 2021

So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was a great guy. I had the privilege of playing golf with him and Jamie. Always had a great time. Sincerest sympathy to his family.

Bob Kester

June 9, 2021

When I pastored a church in Columbia in the late 80's Larrys brother and wife were part of our church. Larry and Anna attended along with his brother at times. Though not a regular attender Larry throughout the year would give generously to the work of the church. It always seemed like he knew just when to give. It would be at that time when funds were most short. What an unbelievably kind and generous man he was and what a legacy he leaves. My wife and I are so sorry to hear about Larry's death. He and his entire family were so kind to my wife and I. Bob and Diana Kester, St Charles, MO.

Mike and Rockie Alden

June 9, 2021

We were sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was such an engaging and gracious person. There was no doubt of his passion for Mizzou and the Missouri Tigers, as well as countless other interests throughout the community.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Anna, Rebecca, Amy and Larry's entire family and friends.

Mike and Rockie Alden

Rachael Wittenberger

June 8, 2021

Larry put his arm around me and pulled me close the first time I met him. I felt his fatherly nature instantly and knew that I was accepted and loved from then on and there wouldn’t be any need for earning or convincing. This was a new experience for me from a father figure and it made my heart feel so good. It was beyond obvious how much he loved his family and how much concern he had for their well-being. His family is a reflection of the love he so gently led them with and that will continue to live on., no doubt, I’m grateful for the opportunity to have known him. I’m certain he had no idea what an impact our brief encounters had on me. His humility was apparent. I pray for comfort for his family as they sit with the loss of this wonderful man and for peace and love to surround their hearts.

Jan Petroff

June 7, 2021

I was the flower girl in Anna and Larry’s wedding. Larry was always larger than life to me. When I got to visit them finally a few years ago, Larry treated me like I was visiting royalty! His sense of humor, love of family, love that showed every minute to Anna was something to see. Larry will always be larger than life to me and someone who when I came back to visit again, put up with me sitting on the porch for a week basically never moving and just talking to Anna. Larry, you will always be in my heart. Thank you for the love you showed to me!

john kohut

June 7, 2021

best friends for over 50 years--best friends are hard to find.spent time in Scotland--fathers and sons--memories-his member guest at his club -my member guest at my club --memories.thanks Larry--love John.

Keith Greene

June 7, 2021

My heart hurts deeply for the family of my cousin Larry. Although we haven’t seen him in years, I have always admired him and the way he conducted himself. Even when we were kids and living in Chicago, he always treated me as a friend not just a cousin. He was a true Christian man who consistently did much for others. He will be missed by many, but will be remembered as a kind and generous man. Heaven has gained a wonderful soul. May God bless, be with Anna, his family and friends.

Judith Fitzgerald Miller

June 7, 2021

Deepest sympathy to Anna and family. I will never forget Larry's kindness to me and generosity to MU's Sinclair School of Nursing. Larry's gregarious nature enabled all around him to be at ease, engage with him and enjoy his fun loving humor. He truly lived life fully and will be missed.

Judith Fitzgerald Miller
Dean Emerita & Professor, Sinclair School of Nursing

Dennis Smith

June 6, 2021

My heart hurts upon learning of Larry’s passing. What a great man! Always friendly, always willing to engage with people. He was a true gentleman. God bless the family as they go through this difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY