Parrish D. Gross


Parrish D. Gross, 47, a resident of Franklin, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at IU Hospital in Indianapolis surrounded by family and friends.

He was born in Elkhart in 1969 to Dennis and Patti (Abel) Gross, and married his happily-ever-after, Lori Self-Gross, in 1993. She survives.

Other survivors include his daughter, Peyton Meredith Gross of Franklin; mother, Patti Gross of Anderson; sister, Natalie Gross of Fishers; mother-in-law, Lois Ann Self of Franklin; brother-in-law, Jim Self and his wife, Leah Ann Self; nieces, Hannah and Lydia Self, and nephew, Eli Self — all of Noblesville. Parrish is also survived by many high school, college and work friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Gross; grandmother, Viola Gross; and father-in-law, Bill Self.

Parrish graduated from Shenandoah in 1987 as an honor student but also a three-sport athlete. He then went on to play baseball at University of Indianapolis and earned his degree in business in 1991.

Parrish prided himself on being a lifelong railroader. Following in his father’s footsteps, he began his career with Conrail, followed by a short time at CSX and finally at Amtrak as director of claims for the Western region of the United States.

Parrish’s love for the railroad was evident in the time and effort he put into his job. He also was the publications chair of the claims bulletin for the Association of American Railroads where he spent countless hours working to share his passion for the industry.

Parrish was a diehard sports fan. He loved the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. Parrish spent his free time playing softball then coaching his daughter, Peyton.

His life revolved around his family, friends and the railroad.

Calling hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tabernacle Christian Church, 198 N. Water St., Franklin, with the celebration of Parrish’s life immediately following. The Rev. Evie Stuard will conduct the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Johnson County at 3827 Graham Road, Franklin IN 46131; or Tabernacle Christian Church at 198 N. Water St., Franklin, IN 46131

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