Rodney “Rod” T. Gross


Rodney “Rod” T. Gross, 79, of Pampa passed away on Monday, June 28, 2021 in Amarillo.

Graveside services will 10:00 AM Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Fairview Cemetery with Pastor Jeremy Buck, pastor of Redeemer Pampa Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Rod was born May 21, 1942 in Ashland, Kentucky to Earl and Maxine Gross. He graduated from high school in Newport, Kentucky and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree of Metallurgical Engineering from University of Kentucky and was a member of SAE Fraternity. While at college he met and would later marry, Miriam “Mimi” Conover, on March 26, 1966 on the campus of the University of Kentucky. After college they moved to Kokomo, Indiana where he had his first metallurgical engineering job. He worked there for 9 years before moving to Lockport, New York. They only lived in New York a little over a year before making their home in Pampa in 1976. Rod began his career with Cabot Machinery Division and retired from National Oilwell after 25 years of service. When he retired, he would spend his winters at Maitland, Florida and would return to Pampa for the summers. Rod was an avid golfer and tried to play every day unless it was too windy. His hobby was building tanks and collecting cannons. He loved his family and enjoyed traveling all over watching his daughters and granddaughters compete in volleyball, tennis, and any other events they were involved in.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kimberly Maxine Gross; sister, Frances Forney; and brother-in-law, Ferd Forney.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Miriam “Mimi” Gross of the home; daughter, Susan Chase of Charlotte, North Carolina; he was PoPo to his 2 granddaughters, Alyssa Clendening and husband Alex and Sydney Hoelting and fiancé Derek Meachum all of Charlotte, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Maxine Conover MacDonald of Sanford, Florida; 2 nephews, Bob Tippett and wife Mary of Papillion, Nebraska and Steve Tippett of Aurora, Indiana; 3 cousins, Steve Adkins and wife Linda of Shelbyville, Indiana, Stan Adkins and wife Lynne of Brick, New Jersey, and Lesa Adkins of Shelbyville, Indiana; cousin in law, Mary Cristine Cooke of Longwood, Florida.

Memorials can be sent to Texas Oncology, 1000 Coulter St S Suite 100, Amarillo, TX 79106 or a favorite charity.

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