In Memoriam: Jim Gross, Ozone Water Technologies/3E Technologies

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In Memoriam
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Spent career in laundry; brought ozone technology to market in 2001

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. 

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Jim Gross

Jim Gross

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.

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