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John Dana Grose Jr., 75, Decatur, died Aug. 1, 2014, in hospice following a long illness.
He was born Nov. 25, 1938, at home in Lockwood, W.V., to the late Dana and Gay Thomas Grose.
After attending West Virginia Institute of Technology, he moved to Indiana to begin his work for the New York Central Railroad. He ended his career working in trucking. Although John had many interests, there was nothing he loved more than spending time with his family. Whether he was in Indiana or West Virginia, he always had his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers or sisters by his side.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kay; daughters Kim (John) Moro and Kelli (Robert) Grose, all of California; and sons John (Nicholle) Grose III of Fort Wayne and James (Lori) Grose of Decatur; eight grandchildren, Abby, Austin, Alec, Julia, Alexis, Victoria, Natalie and John IV.
John was one of nine children, six being twins. He is survived by his brothers, Bert, Bernard, Michael and Steve of West Virginia; and a sister, Marilyn, of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Alice and Ruth; and a brother, Harold.
His body has been donated to the Indiana University School of Medicine for medical research in the hopes of finding a cure for the dreaded dementia that robbed him of years from his life.
A memorial is planned for Oct. 18 at Decatur Baptist Church.