Floyd Everett Gross
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Floyd Everett Gross, age 87, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Following the cremation, a gathering of family and friends will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 4:00 PM. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Floyd E. Gross was born August 9, 1927, in Wakonda, South Dakota, to Gottlieb and Anna (Stickley) Gross. He grew up in Wagner and attended school in Wagner and later Yankton High School. As a child, he had many different jobs, including Rivin Brother's Grocery Store, the Wagner Announcer and the Yankton Press and Dakotan. He enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country during the Korean War. He married Joyce List on July 14, 1952, in Yankton. They lived in Yankton, where Floyd worked as the head pressman at the Yankton Press and Dakotan for almost 40 years. Floyd also worked part-time at the Post Office in Yankton and took over his father's business, sharpening disc blades and repairing lawnmowers

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Yankton and a member of the Yankton VFW. He enjoyed hunting, polka music, gardening, making his famous caramel popcorn balls, and attending sporting events for his children and grandchildren. Floyd was a perfectionist who could fix anything and was always willing to help others. He was a caregiver for his mother, his mother-in-law, and his beloved wife Joyce. For the last 8 years, since Joyce has been in nursing homes, first in Yankton, then Viborg and finally Vermillion, Floyd would drive to visit and help care for her every day. He truly lived for others and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Vermillion; five children: Deanna (Tim) Garvey of Yankton; Steve (Anita) Gross of Yankton; Randy (Mary) Gross of Yankton; Julie (Steve) Bloch of Lesterville, South Dakota; and Sheri (Jeffrey) Jenkins of Ozark, Missouri; 12 grandchildren; two great grandchildren with one on the way; brother, Lester (Agnes) Gross of Minnesota; five sisters: Delores Grovijahn of Yankton; Louella (Walt) Johnson of Kansas; Phyllis Mayeux of Louisiana; Eileen (Clarence) Mehle of Louisiana; and Evelina Robinson of Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren: Kellen Gross and Seth Bloch; brother, Glenn Gross; and sister, Vivian Gremillion.

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I was sorry to see Floyd's passing in the P&D today.

He was such a decent and good man who always seemed to have a smile on his face, something that he passed down to all of his children. Good wishes and prayers for all of you.

Tom Welter

Uncle Floyd will be missed by the entire Robinson Family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Dawn Manning (Robinson)

Floyd was such a wonderful man and a joy to see every day. We will miss him so much~ hugs and prayers to his family.

Sue Johnson-Sanford Care Center

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Joe and Laurie LaBarge

I was saddened by his passing. I can remember your dad always had a smile on his face. When I would see him, he would stop, shake my hand and ask me how I was. My thoughts and prayers for all of the family. God's Blessings,

Tom Graham

Sheri, Julie, Deanna, Steve, Randy & Mom

I'm so sorry to here of the loss of your dad. I loved coming to your house and hanging out, he was so fun and nice and that beautiful smile he shared will shine on.. Hugs to all of you.. Love Nancy Nelson ( Vellek)

Nancy Nelson

Uncle Floyd will be missed by all of the Horlyk family.

He and your mom were my Godparents and they remembered me at every holiday, birthday and special occassion. One of my fondest childhood memories were of him and the your entire family packing up every Memorial Day to join the caravan driving to Wagner SD to decorate the Stickley graves. Afterwards, we would have a picnic at a park where Uncle Floyd would push us on the merry-go-round until we all threw-up at least once! He was so fun-loving and cared so deeply for his family and his church. Much love and sympathy.

Vicki Horlyk Burnett

I am so sorry to hear of Floyd's passing.

I saw him alomst every day strolling the halls with his wife. He was so proud of her. I looked forward to seeing him every day and I will truely miss our little visits. What a wonderful person and a pleasure to be around. God Bless all of You!

Jean Nelson-Sanford OPC

God's love showed through your father's expressions.

All though you will miss him, You know his soul is in God's loving arms now. God Bless

Donna Hacecky McCarvillke

Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My prayers to all the family.

Phyllis Law-Schwandt

So sorry for your loss.

Floyd was very good to my dad (Edwin List) and I was proud to call Floyd my cousin

Lynne (List) Bue

We were so sorry to hear of Floyd's passing.

Floyd and Joyce were the best neighbors and I was glad we kept in touch after we moved. We shared lots of stories and of course gardening tips and the best tomatoes especially when it came to making BLT's-Floyd said they were his favorite. He was always willing to share the apples from his tree, and of course never refused apple pie that was the result. Tom and he liked talking about the best way to do this or that, they enjoyed putting up the fence by his house, he would say "that fence will way outlive me". Our daughter liked to sit in the bench swing with Joyce-anytime she wanted to come over, Floyd would just lift her up over the fence. There are so many great stories to tell, of course most of them fun.

We are grateful that he made it out to visit us and see the museum this summer on his way back from Rapid City for a birthday party. His smile and "can do" attitude will truly be missed, what a great person!

Tom, Roberta, Samantha & Louis Rancour

It was really sad to hear about Floyd.

He was a good dad and husband. He will be missed. God Bless you all.

Scott and Jan Schrempp

Steve and Randy,

didn't know your Dad well for most of my time in Yankton. Passed by and exchanged hi's at softball and baseball games. But the years I worked at Midcontinent, we talked quite a bit. He was proud of all his kids. He was a great guy, and must have been a great role model as you guys all turned out great. Godspeed to you all...

Rick and Barb Stahlecker

Sorry to hear of Floyd's passing.

He had an awesome smile and was glad to share it.! A truly good man. I will pray for all of you during these very difficult times.

Marlene (Kuchta) Ahlers

I miss my dear brother Floyd so very much! We were very close and spoke often. When he knew Walt and I were coming from Emporia Kansas to see him, he would changed all his other plans to spend time with us. But he never missed going to see his wife, Joyce. We enjoyed each other so much! Floyd was a wonderful brother and all-around good guy. He had a heart of gold and silver.

God bless his children and grandchildren. We all loved him so much! He will be terribly missed.

Floyd's sister, Louella (Horlyk) Johnson

But now we know Floyd is with our Dear Lord, Jesus Christ. I am sure he is having a wonderful time with the rest of his family and friends in heaven.

I still tell everyone I know the story of my neighbor from Yankton. The guy with the pink house. The guy whose name was Floyd. Pink Floyd. I only met Floyd once. But two of his children were my teachers in the YSD. Great people. All the best to the family. Thinking of you, praying for you.

Derrick Martin

Your parents gave you love and guidance, and created a very special family. May your memories help you in carrying their legacy forward.

With sympathy,

Jane and Max

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