January 2, 1925 ~ April 29, 2016
John Pross, 91, of Bristol died at 4:11 am on Friday April 29 at Elkhart
General Hospital with his beloved daughter Angie by his side. He was born
on January 2, 1925 in Warsaw Poland to Alexander and Julia (Gretman)
Pross. He was married on January 20, 1951 in Salzgitter, Germany to his
loving, devoted wife Lucy Bartz, who preceded his in death and now will be
meeting him with open arms. They moved to the United States shortly after
being married. Surviving are his daughter Angie Pross of Bristol;
granddaughters Emily (Thomas) FitzGerald, Allison (Jonathon) Sleight and
Alexandra Pross. John was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a brother,
Roman Pross; a sister, Wanda Sage. John spent his entire working life at
Link Engineering in Detroit and even after retiring he often did consulting
work for them. He was so fortunate to love his work. Work and pray was a
motto he put to use every day. He remained active throughout his life
lovingly caring for God’s creations. John was proficient in the Russian
language, in addition to German and Polish. He lived his faith every day
of his life and was a caring and compassionate friend to many. His
missionary work in Russia touched many people and one particular family
call him every Christmas. He loved the company of friends and cherished
time spent with them. His grandchildren were special to him. He particularly
had wonderful relationships with Emily and Allison’s husbands,
affectionately known as “the boys”. Visitation will be from 1 - 3 pm on
Sunday, May 1, at the Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street
Middlebury. Funeral Services will take place at 11:00 am on Monday, May 2, at
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Goshen. Services will be conducted by
Pastor Robert Schallhorn, Jr. Burial will be in Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia,
MI. John was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the family wishes for
memorial contributions to be given to the church.
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Dear Angie and Girls,
I am very sorry to hear of your loss but I will join you all in rejoicing in his
walk of faith with his Lord.
From: Jan Fields Heuer
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It is so hard to find the right words to say when someone so loved, leaves
this world behind to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus. John was more to
me than a coworker and Supervisor. He took me under his wings and taught
me many things. He poured his knowledge of metal working into me. He was
the best fabricator that I knew. When I met him, I knew that he could talk to
the steel with his hands, and it would listen! I wanted to know everything he
knew and he spent many years teaching me.
It wasnt just the work, it was the work ethics. Johns love for Jesus and
desire to share that with as many people as he could still resonates with
those that knew him. He was bold in his faith with the tenderest heart
imaginable. I can attest to his patience because as a young apprentice, I
tested it many times.
Even when I frustrated him beyond reasonable levels, he was never
destructive in his corrections. Everything he said to me was to strengthen
me. He loved me as one of his own and I loved him like a father.
I would pray with John in the mornings before work and could talk to him
about anything. I worked with John, and his brother Roman. John told me to
listen to Roman and learn as much as I could from him. John loved his family
and even shared them with me.
Above the knowledge of metal working, it was the love of Jesus that was the
most precious thing he ever shared. Our bible studies were educating and
enlightening and he laid a foundation in me that remains unshakable.
He retired from Link Engineering but never left us. I called him many times
over the years and we would always laugh and sometimes choke-up when
we had to hang up. As the scripture says in 2nd Samuel 12:23 as King David
said about his son when he died, the same is true for me now with John, I will
go to him one day, but he shall not return to me.
Although I rejoice that he has finished his race and has gone on to receive
his reward in Heaven, it is strictly for selfish reasons that I morn. I would not
want him to return to us but I will always miss him.
From: John Fauls
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I've just learned of John's passing. "Johnnie"was one of the best men that i
have ever known; the world will be less good without him. He was blessed
with such a giving spirit and a personality that always made me smile. God
bless you and your family and give you peace.
From: Craig Groat