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Harold Gross, 72

Harold Gross of St. Cloud died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was 72.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Relatives and friends called from 4-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud with Parish Prayers at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday. Entombment was in Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum in St. Cloud.

Harold J. Gross was born May 21, 1939, in Watkins to William and Alma (Steman) Gross. He attended grade school at St. Anthony's School in Watkins and graduated from St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring. After high school, Harold joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. in the 82nd Airborne Division. After his military service of three years, he attended the St. Cloud Business College and later began his trucking and transportation business. Harold currently was the owner of H & G Trucking, Inc. He took pride in his business and especially made certain to provide excellent service to his customers at all times.

Harold married Georgian Lahr at the Church of St. Nicholas in St. Nicholas, Minn., and they were blessed with one son Kevin. Harold and Georgian opened their home to high school exchange students from Sweden, Finland, and Holland. Their first exchange student Johan Gumaelius from Sweden came back to St. Cloud after spending time in Sweden and has always been a second son to Harold and his family.

As a man of great faith, Harold served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Harold was active in the St. Cloud Youth Hockey Association for many years as a coach, and the director of the SCYHA Summer Camp program. He was inducted into the "Wall of Distinction" at the MAC ice arena in St. Cloud. Hockey has been a part of Harold's life for 40 years, first as a dad coaching his son, then as a coach for other players, and most recently as a proud papa of his grandsons. Harold loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with family and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents William and Alma Gross; sister Betty Pfannenstein; brother-in-law Earl Kaufman; and father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Laverne Lahr.

He is survived by his wife Georgian; son Kevin (and Nicole) Gross; grandsons Josh and Jordan of Maple Grove; their Swedish son Johan (and Michelle) Gumaelius and their daughters Emmie and Sofie of Woodbury; brothers and sisters Rosemary Kaufman of Cold Spring, Fr. Richard Gross of Watkins, Alice Gross (and Ted) Krebsbach of Cold Spring, Ron (and Karen) Gross of Brooklyn Park, Ken (and Jan) Lahr of St. Nicholas; and many nieces and nephews.