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Nov. 11, 1927 – July 10, 2013

Lowell Grosse, of Clarence, a lawyer who served as Clarence town justice for 22 years, died Wednesday after a short illness. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, he enlisted in the Navy after graduating from Mount Penn Academy in Reading, Pa., and sailed around the world as an aerologist aboard the USS Greenwich Bay.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1951 and his law degree from UB in 1954, serving as an associate editor of the Buffalo Law Review.

A trial lawyer with offices in Buffalo, he maintained a private practice for 50 years.

Mr. Grosse was a member of the Erie County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He served on the board of directors of the International Association of Defense Attorneys.

A member of United Craft Masonic Lodge 931, he was a master Mason. He was a past president of the Clarence Lions Club and former director of the Kidney Foundation of Western New York. He donated one of his kidneys to his late son, Jamey, in 1974.

Mr. Grosse was appointed to the Clarence Town Planning Board in 1972, then won election as Clarence town justice in 1977. He retired from the bench in 1999.

He was a member of Brookfield Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Edith F. Ertell; a daughter, Holly A. Cournan; a son, Lowell D.; and a brother, Sherwyn “Skip.”

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Amigone Funeral Home, 8440 Main St., Clarence.