Milford Davy Gross of Bellville, Texas died peacefully on April 30, 2019, at the age of 91.
Milford Davy Gross was born on March 23, 1928, in New Ulm, Texas, to Davy and Norma Gross. He grew up on a farm just outside of New Ulm where he developed his strong work ethic and love of animals. He attended Columbus High School. After school, he served in the United States Army, 3rd Infantry Division in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.
Not long after leaving the Army, Milford began working for E.H. Winn Construction Company as a heavy equipment operator and later started his own bulldozer service, clearing land and digging lakes and ponds in and around Austin County.
He married Lucille Hegemeyer on March 7, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Milford was a kind and generous individual who loved gardening, woodworking, and his Houston Astros. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Milford was an active and dedicated member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellville.
Milford volunteered and belonged to organizations including The American Cancer Society, The American Legion Unit 115 and VFW Post No. 6522. He was always there to lend a helping hand around the community.
Milford is preceded in death by his father Davy F. Gross and mother Norma (Krause) Gross of New Ulm; his brothers Kirby Gross of Fayetteville, Texas, and Wilbert Gross of La Grange, Texas; and his son Dwayne Gross of New Ulm.
Milford is survived by Lucille Gross, his wife of 65 years, his son Michael Gross and daughter-in-law Monica Gross of Sealy, Texas; son Kyle Gross and daughter-in-law Georgina Larkin of Austin, Texas, and daughter-in-law Stace Gross of Bellville; grandchildren, Kelli Gross, David Gross, Eric Gross, Jacob Gross, Nickolas Davis, Nicole Davis, Kristina Gross; and eight great-grandchildren. Milford is also survived by his brother, Lew Ellyn Gross of New Ulm.
A memorial service is scheduled for May 11, 2019, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellville, with a reception and fellowship to follow at St. John’s Faith Center. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Milford’s life. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in Bellville; Austin County Veterans Memorial in Bellville; Austin County Veterans Memorial Board, PO Box 314 Bellville, TX 77418
The family would also like to thank Houston Methodist West Hospital staff for their care and dedication.