Robert L Gross Jr.
July 26, 1964 – August 24, 2018
Robert Lee Gross Jr. (Bobby, a.k.a “Dinky”) was born July 26, 1964. He was the second of three sons from the union of Robert (Sr.) and Marilyn Glover Gross who preceded him in death. Bobby cherished the teachings from his grandparents Dave, Annie Maude Gross and Pinkie Baldwin (Aunt) who also preceded him in death.
Bobby accepted Christ at an early age under the leadership of the late Rev. J.W.R. Owens of Second Baptist Church, La Grange IL. He later joined New Spiritual Light M.B. Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Walter Turner III. He was a loyal and faithful member where he was appointed and served as a Deacon in Training until departing this life.
Bobby attended Congress Park Elementary, Brookfield IL, Madison Elementary, Hinsdale IL, Garfield Elementary, Maywood IL and Proviso East High School, Maywood IL. While attending Elementary and High School, Bob became a star competitor in track and field, winning countless ribbons, medals, and trophies, including a state championship. Upon graduating High School Bobby attended Triton Jr College majoring in Criminal Justice. He later joined the United States Marine Corps. After leaving the Marines he held several positions; with Maryville Academy, Chicago Cubs Organization, Westlake Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Because of his entrepreneurial spirit RLG & Associates Security Services was formed.
From a very young tender age his passion was to become a Professional Operator (Driver) for Greyhound. When he was young, you would find him playing with anything he could get his hands on (hairbrush, comb, toy busses, etc.) to imitate driving a double decker bus. His love and passion was so strong he and our father went down to Greyhound on Clark Street in the middle of a severe thunderstorm to wait for a double decker to arrive, so they could settle an argument as to how many wheels were on the bus. During his tenure with Greyhound Bob served as a Union Steward in Chicago and Memphis and could be found advising Operators from across the country. His tenaciousness and spirited arguments, gained him the nickname as “The Great Debater” in our family. If you knew Bob, you know this to be true throughout his life, both personally and professionally!
On August 24, 2018, at 10:43 a.m., Bobby departed this life and was born into eternity, leaving to cherish his memory: his son William Wesley Gross (Danyale), grandchild Elijah Hunter, two brothers David Gross, Ronald Gross Sr. (Vicki), nephew Ronald Gross Jr. (Ronnie), niece Alyana Gross, Mary Donnawell (longtime loving family friend), Keturah Baldwin (Cousin/Sister), Brennan Baldwin (God Son), and a host of relatives and friends.
- Visitation Thursday, August 30, 2018
- Wake Thursday, August 30, 2018
- Funeral Service Thursday, August 30, 2018
- Committal Service Friday, August 31, 2018
Robert L Gross Jr.
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September 2, 2018
My dear friend I have many fond memories of you during our grade school. One particular one dude a game of softball during gym class you can do fast after you hit the ball an i ran to catch it you had ran around all the base. Lol an we had a good laugh an all of the jolly ranchers we shared. I was so devastated to hear of your passing. May you rest in heaven.
August 30, 2018
Today, as we prepare to say goodbye to Bob, it is fitting to remember another aspect of the legacy that he leaves behind. Not only was he a loving and proud father and grandfather, but he devotedly worked with children who for one reason or another found themselves lacking the most basic things every child needs to grow, feel safe, and flourish.
Bob was a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Cook County. In this capacity, he established trusting relationships with the children for whom he advocated in court so that their needs were met and they might have the opportunity to find safety, stability and permanent families.
Bob also mentored two young boys who lost their biological family early in life. He was their friend, role model and father figure. He gave them love, opportunities to learn, grow, and even accompany him on a Greyhound bus to Niagara Falls and Canada!
Bob also enjoyed playing Secret Santa for children who might otherwise not have any gifts at Christmas. He bought, wrapped and delivered toys and clothes to families he'd never met before surprising them with the magic of Christmas.
Bob, as you helped others soar, may you soar in the heavens above.
August 29, 2018
Bob, you lived a life that mattered. You had a contagious adventurous, spontaneous and generous spirit. Your heart and mind were open. Your curiosity was maddening and endearing at the same time. You loved with all of your heart and were quick to forgive. You influenced me and who I am today in ways you never knew. You touched others as a role model, teacher and friend. You told me once that what you loved most about your career as a Greyhound driver was that you felt like you played an important role in bringing loved ones together. This is your legacy. We come into each others lives for a reason and I will never regret that our lives intertwined.
To ALL who were at Bob's side during his illness and most vulnerable moments, thank you for loving him and easing his transition home. Wishing each of you healing and peace.
August 27, 2018
Robert, you were my bestie, my confidant and partner in crime. You taught me how to drive and took me to get my license. You gave me so many nuggets of wisdom, I can’t even count them. I will always love you and will continue to talk to you in heaven for your guidance and wisdom.
To the family: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 KJV