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Raymond Leon Wanamaker Gross

Raymond Leon Wanamaker Gross, a former resident of Kingman, died Sunday June 13, 1999 in Provo, Utah. He was 88.

Mr. Gross was born April 8, 1911 in Helena, Mont. to Jacob Wanamaker and Mary DeBorde Wanamaker. He grew up in Helena and graduated from Helena High in 1929, having participated in track and baseball.

Mr. Gross married Eudessa Gunn Evans on May 13, 1940 in Cordova, Alaska. They were sealed in the Arizona Temple in 1962.
Mr. Gross was a businessman in Alaska. He started the first supermarket in Fairbanks in 1953. He was one of the founders of Midnight Sun Council of the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver Award. He helped build the first skyscraper in Fairbanks and helped found the Alaska National Bank.

In 1961 Mr. Gross moved to Prescott where he founded a chain of grocery stores. He joined the LDS Church in 1962. From Prescott, Mr. Gross moved to Kingman where he lived until his retirement in 1975. At that time he moved to Provo, Utah where he worked in the Provo LDS Temple on genealogy and in the name extraction program.

In his church he served as Sake missionary, High Councilor, Ward Mission Leader and in the Stake Sunday School Presidency.

Mr. Gross is survived by: his wife, Eudessa Gunn Evans; three sons, Gary Gross of Las Vegas, Nev., Bruce Gross of Pleasant Grove and David Wanamaker of Orem; two daughters, Gayle Agla of Orem, and Barbara Hammond of Provo, Utah; sister Doris Wanamaker of Helena Mont.; brother Richard Gross of Walla Walla, Wash.; 22 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 1999 at the Edgemont 20th Ward Chapel in Provo, Utah. Interment will be at Orem City Cemetery.

Source: Kingman Daily Miner, in Kingman, AZ 16 June 1999




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