Richard G. Gross

Richard G. Gross, age 60, of East Dubuque, IL, completed his earthly journey suddenly during a short battle with cancer on March 7, 2023.  To honor Richard’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Richard’s family.


Richard was born on July 31, 1962, in Dubuque, IA, one of eight children to Arthur W. and Loretta A. (Schmitt) Gross.  Richard grew up with a simple, kind, and gentle spirit and after high school moved into his autobody career which spanned throughout his life at various shops in the area.  When Richard wasn’t working on his latest project, you could easily catch him down on the river fishing, or just relaxing with his favorite canine companions by his side.  He was an independent soul who thoroughly enjoyed living life on his own terms.  Richard possessed a heart of gold and always enjoyed spending quality time with his nieces and nephews when time allowed.  We are truly broken-hearted with the sudden absence of Richard from our daily lives and hope that the abundance of memories he leaves behind for us to treasure will eventually bring a little peace into our hearts and minds.  Thank you, Richard, for continually reminding us that life is short and precious at the same time and that we should make the most out of each day we are graciously granted to experience.  May the Lord keep you and bless you until we meet again.   


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Richard include,

his siblings,

Sue Nelson, Dubuque, IA,

John Gross, Iowa City, IA,

Patrick Gross, Racket, MO,

Debbie (Tom) Slater, Benton, WI,

Linda “Lu Lu” Thompson, East Dubuque, IL,

Thomas (Jeri) Gross, East Dubuque, IL,

Michael (Sandra) Gross, Dubuque, IA;

and Troubles, (canine companion),


along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Kenneth Nelson;  his sisters-in-law, Carolyn Gross, Lois Gross; and nephew, Marc Rath.


Richard’s family would like to thank the East Dubuque Police Department, Jo Daviess Sherriff’s Department, and Gwen at animal control for their care and concern during this difficult time.


Online condolences may be shared with Richard’s family at

To honor Richard’s life, a private family service is being held.

2 comments on “Richard G. Gross
  1. Ed Reifsteck says:

    My cousins have always been like brothers and sisters to me. Will miss Richie and pray for him in the afterlife. Goodbye for now god son, rest peacefully

  2. I can’t tell you how sorry I was to hear of Richie’s passing. It’s always hard to loose a sibling. But you have many years of memories that will help you get through this. May God Bless you all and bring you peace.

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