Rodney Scott "Rod" Gross

  • Born: October 30, 1949
  • Died: March 20, 2020
  • Location: Richland, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home Cremation Care, Richland Chapel

9170 East D Avenue
Richland, MI 49083

Tel. (269) 629-6022

Tribute & Message From The Family


Rodney Scott "Rod" Gross of Richland, MI

Rod, age 70, died Friday evening, March 20, 2020 at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI following a brief illness.

Rod, the son of Emory B. and Viola M. (Eby) Gross, was born in Elkhart, IN on October 30, 1949; was a lifetime area resident and a 1967 graduate of Portage (MI) Central High School. He retired after 32 years of faithful service as a Signalman for the Norfolk Southern Rail Road. Rod was an avid golfer; loved to travel and was a "Die-Hard" Cubs Fan.

Rod was married to the former, Anna Marie (Horswill) Waligursky in Vistula, IN on August 15, 1998 and she survives. Also surviving is his son, Jeffery (Jennifer) Gross of Battle Creek, MI; a granddaughter, Maddison Gross; his brother, Mitchell Gross of Kalamazoo; a step-son, Daniel (Christina) Waligursky of Portage and three step-grandchildren, Ali, Logan and Sawyer Waligursky. Rod was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dennis Gross.

Due to the current Health Crisis, a memorial service to celebrate Rod's life at the First Presbyterian Church of Richland and interment at Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland, are on hold. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rod's honor may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Rod's family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry, Anna, Always enjoyed seeing Rod at Gull Lake View Golf course, and I recall rooming with him on some of the men's golf trips. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by many.

Posted by Ron Wielenga - AUGUSTA, MI - Acquaintance   April 26, 2020

Thinking of you Anna. Know that you're in my prayers.

Posted by Dana Dubnicka - Augusta, MI - Friend   April 01, 2020

We are so sorry to learn of Rod's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you find peace with many caring memories.

Bob and Ryan always enjoyed their golfing opportunities with Rod.

Bob, Rose and Ryan Ferguson

Posted by A friend   March 25, 2020

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Posted by American Heart Association    March 25, 2020

Rod and I and Tim Turcott hung out a lot and had a lot of fun in high school. We played a lot of golf together. Rod was a good guy and fun to be with. I'm praying for your family.
Sincerely,
Mark Szatkowski

Posted by Mark Szatkowski - Kalamazoo, MI   March 25, 2020

Dear Anna, I am sorry to hear of Rods passing. I lost my husband ,Dean in 2019. Hold on and cherish all the great memories. Sincerely, Diana Nowakowski

Posted by Diana Nowakowski - Richland, MI   March 24, 2020

Anna, keeping you and your family close in my heart, thoughts and prayers.
Barb Welborn

Posted by L    March 24, 2020

I knew Rod from his high school days. He was one of the best pitchers in the state of Michigan at Portage Central H.S.in 1967.i was a baseball player in junior high and he always had encouraging words for the younger players. R.I.P. my friend.

Posted by John Lebiecki - Kalamazoo, MI   March 24, 2020