Obit: Gross, John (1949 - 2010)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Gross, Vobora, Wrensch, Glowacki, Meyers, Tremelling 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) April 7, 2010 

Gross, John (8 April 1949 - 2010) With Flag 

John Gross, 60, of Marshfield passed away peacefully at his home, with his family by his side, under the care of Ministry Home Hospice. 

John was born in Neillsville April 8, 1949, to Leo and Marie (Vobora) Gross.  Following his graduation from the Neillsville High School, John joined the U. S. Navy in November 1967.  He proudly served as a machinist mate on the USS Hancock, attaining the rank of E5 when honorably discharged in November 1971. 

Having grown up in a wrecking yard, John evolved into a master mechanic and fabricator.  He found employment at various repair shops and later at the Marshfield Power Plant for 13 years until it closed.  John then started a repair shop fixing whatever came up the driveway, sometimes creating his own parts or tools to get the job done.  After a heart attack in 1999, he retired. 

In October, 1982 John was united in marriage to Ann Marie Wrensch.  For 28 years the couple enjoyed taking road trips, camping, biking and just being together.  John also enjoyed football, NASCAR and spending time with his good buddy Noel.  After retiring, John collected many antique gas engines, seeking out ones that were in need of repair.  He enjoyed taking the engines to shows and meeting other engine enthusiasts. 

John is lovingly survived by his wife, Ann Marie; mother Marie; and five stepchildren, Kimberle (John) Glowacki of De Forest, Jill (Mark) Meyers of Marshfield, Holly Wrensch of Fargo, ND, and Jason (Jill) Wrensch and Jacqueline Tremelling, both of Marshfield.  He is further survived by six grandchildren, Noah and Sophia Glowacki, Patricia and Molly Meyers and Louis and Joseph Wrensch.  Also surviving are numerous aunts, cousins and friends.  He will truly be missed. 

John is preceded in death by his father, Leo and a sister, Ann. 

John - smaller in stature, quiet in manner, was vast in wisdom and in accomplishment. 

Online condolences may be made at  

The family would like to express its deep gratitude to the Ministry Home Hospice, especially sister Fran. 

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy in John’s memory are encouraged to do so to: House of the Dove building project or to The Highground Veteran’s Memorial in Neillsville. 



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