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Gregory Vern Fross




Gregory Vern Fross

1-12-1959 - 8-12-2023


Gregory Vern Fross went home to his Heavenly Father on August 12, 2023, in Emerald Isle NC, after a hard-fought battle against cancer.

Greg was the son of Judith Eckels Fross Salone (Paul) of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Leonard Fross, deceased.

He is survived by his loving sons John of Collinsville IL, Ross Almarez of Reno NV, and their mother Celia of Reno NV. Also surviving are his brother Mike Fross (Johnna) of Emerald Isle NC; his sister Linda Blackmon (Randall) of Cambridge MD, his Uncle Jim Eckels of Ft Lauderdale FL; and his Aunts Myrna Sabich of Parker, PA, and Patricia Price of Franklin, PA.

Greg grew up in Parker, PA, and graduated from A-C Valley High School. Greg was accepted into the US Merchant Marine Academy but could not attend because he wore eyeglasses. Disappointed but undeterred, he attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and then decided to join the US Air Force. Greg served as Master Sergeant and was posted in Germany, Romania, South Korea, Alaska, Florida, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and California finally landing in Belleville IL at Scott Air Force base. Greg served in the Air Force Civil Engineering Corps until his retirement in 1999. He traveled the world and made many friends in those 22 years.

Greg earned a Masters Degree in Computer Management from Loma Linda/La Sierra University, while in the Air Force. He loved to tell stories about his time in the service and recently said he wished he could return to the Air Force. He loved reading, fast cars, and listening to music. He was happy as a shade tree mechanic.

After his retirement, he worked for AT&T and U-Verse in Illinois before retiring to Henrico, NC at Lake Gaston.

Greg's faith was strong and he truly loved the Lord. His Bible was his companion that kept him optimistic regardless of the challenges that came his way.

Greg was a gentle soul from his childhood when he always rescued injured critters. His mother tells of him picking up a hitchhiker on his way home from Seymour Johnson AFB for family Thanksgiving in Raleigh. The hitchhiker was a college student from Germany who enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner as well as a good night's sleep thanks to Greg's kind heart.

He is sadly missed by those who loved him.

Donations may be made to The Doorways in Richmond, VA. www.thedoorways.org

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