TRYON, N.C. — Jim Gross, founder and president of Ozone Water Technologies/3E Technologies, died May 30 at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C., after a very short battle with leukemia, according to the family.
He was 82.
Gross spent 17 years as a third-generation business owner of Empire Linen Service in Lima, Ohio, where he was born and raised. After that, he started up a laundry consulting business for the international hotel industry.
As a consultant, Gross looked into ozone washing properties and brought the patented technology of Ozone Water Technologies/3E Technologies to market in 2001, according to Gross' son, Michael.
Michael says he and brother Steven intend to move forward with the family business.
“We’re going to continue the business into the fourth generation, which is a good thing,” Michael says. “We’re going to continue his legacy.”
Gross was a 1958 graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in history.
He survived by his wife, Kathleen; three children from a previous marriage, including Michael (Lisa) of Frederick, Md., Steven (Elisa) of Gilbert, Ariz., and Dr. Jeffrey D. Gross (Leila Hale) of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren; sister in-law, Grecia Gross of New York; and Lima-native cousins, Jeanine (Gross) Framer and Leon Gross. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Gross.
A graveside service was held at Shaare-Zedek Cemetery in Lima on June 3. Memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society.