Debra "Debbie" Lynn (McGowen) Gross

November 19, 1955 ~ April 16, 2018 (age 62)


Debra Lynn Gross, 62, of Churubusco, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Fort Wayne.

Born in Fort Wayne on November 19, 1952, she was a daughter of Charles and Dorothy (Haver) McGowen. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne and attended South Side High School.

Debbie was married in Leo on February 7, 1981, to Jerrold “Jake” Gross.

She was a long-time bus driver for Northwest Allen County Schools, retiring in 2017.

Debbie loved her family and would stop and do anything for her grandchildren.

Survived by her husband of 37 years, Jerrold "Jake" Gross; four children, Stacey (Joe Rust) Taylor, Rick Taylor, Amy (Paul) Sweazey and Abby (Steven) Kulas; her mother, Dorothy (Edward) Teague; a sister, Kathy Havlock; two brothers, Mike (Sue) McGowen and Scott McGowen; 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Preceded by her father, Charles McGowen; brothers, Tommy Toombs and Kevin McGowen.

Calling at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Calling one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be directed to Erin’s House or Wesley Chapel Church.

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April 18, 2018

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home
206 North Main Street
Churubusco, IN 46723

Funeral Service
April 19, 2018

11:00 AM
Wesley Chapel Methodist Church
13733 Wesley Chapel Road
Churubusco, IN 46723


Fellowship of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church
13733 Wesley Chapel Road, Churubusco IN 46723

Erin's House for Grieving Children
5670 YMCA Park Dr. West, Fort Wayne IN 46835
Tel: 1-260-423-2466

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