A Memorial Service for Kenneth “Ken” Roy Grosz, 79, will be held at Frost Chapel located at First Baptist Church, 543 Ockley Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. The service will be at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 am in the church parlor. Officiating the service will be Dr. Jeff Raines. Ken will receive military honors for his service with the United States Air Force.
Ken was born on September 2, 1942 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Homer Roy Grosz and Flossie Johnson Grosz, and went to be with his Lord on Saturday, June 11, 2022.
From 1960 to 1964, Ken honorably served as an Air Policeman for the United States Air Force and was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. He went on to work for several years driving tractor trailers and hauling heavy equipment for several companies, including Halliburton. Ken ultimately found his passion working for Kansas City Southern Railroad, where he made lifelong friends serving as a brakeman, switchman and yard master. In 1991, he retired from the railroad, married the love of his life, and quickly became known as a self-made handyman. He decorated many homes for Christmas, and he could be seen on the highest roofs using a ruler, carefully measuring for the perfect distance between each and every bulb.
Ken had a huge heart and he genuinely loved helping others. After retirement, he spent 10 years serving as grounds manager for The Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrow. The Sisters served as a wonderful extended family for Ken, and he thoroughly enjoyed using his handyman skills to take care of all their needs.
Ken received great joy from being with his children and grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. He was most content spending quiet time at home with his wife Gay and their many dogs. As Gay practiced classical music on her piano, Ken was often heard happily singing along with cd’s of his favorites - Slim Whitman, the Sons of the Pioneers, and Elvis Presley, as he tinkered in his shop.
Ken is preceded in death by his father, Homer Roy Grosz; his mother, Flossie Johnson Grosz; his adopted mother, Agnes Lorraine Yoter Grosz; his brother, George Timothy Grosz and granddaughter, Jessica Gail Kinsler. Loved ones left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 31 years, Gay Kelly Grosz; son, Steven Roy Grosz, husband of Bernice Grosz; daughter, Cristie Carol Kinsler; stepson, D. Clayton Flurry, husband of Katie Nelson Flurry; grandchildren, Rachel Nicole Gates, wife of Jason Gates, Brittany Danielle Grosz, Austin Vinnie Kinsler, husband of Karinda Kinsler, Mason Lee Kinsler, Brennan Elise Flurry, Jack David Flurry and Luke Thomas Flurry; great-granddaughter, Abigail Nicole Thomas and great-grandsons, Ethan Glenn Thomas and Kai Atticus Kinsler.
The family would like to express special thanks to physician and friend Dr. Bob Massingill of the Christus Cancer Treatment Center, also to Dr. Iqbal Singh of Cardiology Associates, and the many doctors, nurses, and rehabilitation specialists at Willis-Knighton North, Willis-Knighton Pierremont, Shreveport Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as all primary care providers through the years for the excellent care and compassion given to Ken.