Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens

1701 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL


Larry Gene Gross

September 4, 1938September 3, 2019
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Larry Gene Gross, 80, of Atlantic Beach, Florida, passed away September 3, 2019. He was born in Ayshire, Indiana, on September 4, 1938. Larry graduated from Winslow High School and married Karen Lee Hudson on July 2, 1961.

While serving as a radioman in the U.S. Navy, Larry served his nation for more than 21 years when he retired as a chief petty officer. He then went to work for the U.S. Post Office and, after 21 years, he fully retired. For many years, he was a member and later served as a Deacon at Oak Harbor Church. Most recently, he was a member of the First Baptist Jacksonville Beach Church. He had a gift for working with wood and leather. He was passionate about visiting the country he served and travelled extensively throughout all 50 states in his RV with his family by his side.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Karen; daughters, Daphne C. Lowery (Dennis), Rebecca D. Weilersbacher (Ryan W.), Julie K. Nader (Russell), Teresa A. Davis (Chip); grandchildren, Karen McCall, Cassidy Lowery, Amelia Lowery, Bonnie Lowery, Ryan W. Weilersbacher III, Vaughn Weilersbacher, Aiden Weilersbacher, Russell Nader, Haley Nader, Chloe Nader, Tyler Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Carolyn Young, Rosemary Hopper; and brother, William C. Gross.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 324 Fifth Street North, Jacksonville, Florida, with visitation 1-hour before the service and military honors rendered by the U.S. Navy immediately following the service. Additionally, visitation will be held from 5:00 pm. - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019, at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Interment at Beaches Memorial Park, 1500 Main Street, Atlantic Beach, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Jacksonville School for Autism, 9000 Cypress Green Drive, Jacksonville, Florida, 32256.


  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Larry Gene Gross

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John Emmons

September 10, 2019

Nancy and John Emmons of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas had many great memories with Larry and his sweet wife, Karen, and wonderful children and two wonderful twin grandchildren who we had at our place. He was a patriotic Christian that we miss seeing. Great friend, great family that we appreciated and loved. RIP friend and Chief.👍🇺🇸⚓️🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ We shall follow you to Heaven!
Signed: Nancy and Master Chief John
Emmons, U. S. Navy (Retired) ✝️
P.S. Karen we love you !♥️ You are special.

Roxanne Shafer - Dortch

September 9, 2019

I remember coming over and playing with Teresa as little girls. We lived around the corner from the family. Mr Gross was always so nice to me.
Im very sorry for your loss you and your mother and family will be in my prayers. My mother Nancy sends her love.

Love Roxanne

Claudia Cornwall

September 9, 2019

Larry was an interesting man.
I visited in his and Karen's home many times. He was always friendly and smiling.
I was amazed with his woodworking objects displayed throughout their home. He had such imagination and skill in taking raw/found wood and turning it into a unique table, tray, bowl, cupcake tiered-display, etc.
A fond memory is his love of frog legs...he, Karen, and grandson Tyler were RV-camping in NC near my place in the summer of 2015.
We shared potluck meals with our campground friends, attended mountain music concerts, and so on.
EVERY time we went out to dinner, the menus having the option of ordering frog legs made Larry very happy.
But I think his favorite were those prepared by Karen in their FL kitchen.
He loved his Karen, fours daughters & their husbands, grandkids, and extended family.
Larry had many friends from his hometown, his Navy buddies, and his neighbors and church family.
May he rest in peace.

Linda Burgess Ball

September 9, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Larry's passing. I will always remember the good times I shared with your family. I visited with my sister Carolyn and enjoyed meeting your family. My most heartfelt condolences for the family. All of you will be in my prayers.

Cecelia Moritz

September 9, 2019

I remember when Teresa and Chip bought Dick's Wings your Dad jumped in and started building cabinets and repairing things. Teresa told him Dad you don't have to do all that . He just kept going. You could tell it was a labor of love.

Linda Bass

September 8, 2019

Larry was truly a man who loved the Lord and his family. He was a man that I would compared to the “Ever Ready Bunny”. His battery never wore out. The first time that I was at their house visiting Karen, I saw Larry go rushing by the window. I said to Karen “is something Wrong”? She said, “why?” I said, “Larry just rushed by the window”. She said, “Oh no, that is his normal pace of doing things”. And......... There was nothing he could not do. A hard working man. He will be missed

Arlene VanWey

September 7, 2019

Larry was one of the first people I met when I started going to Oak Harbor
Baptist Church with my two children. He had such a love for the Lord ,served as a deacon, and had a wonderful wife in Karen and raised 4 pretty amazing girls whom I came to love also. God's love surely shown through Larry and Karen Gross' lives. My prayers continue for Karen and the family.

Love you all, Arlene VW

Angela Pratt

September 7, 2019

To the Gross family. I remember way back when you first came to our little village of Oak Harbor. I became fast friends with Daphne. She was in my wedding and met Dennis there. I have so many memories of your father. I remember what a kind, welcoming soul he was. Gentle and soft spoken. Accepting of everyone. I pray for peace especially for your mother Karen. They had one of those rare relationships that so many will never know. This world will not be the same without him.

Much love, Angela Gonzalez Pratt