LAWRENCE ‘LARRY’ ROSS

Posted April 08, 2010, at 7:39 p.m.

HOULTON – Lawrence “Larry” Parker Ross, 82, died April 8, 2010, at the Maine Veterans Home, Caribou. He was born Sept. 9, 1927, the only child of Arnold P. and Fay (Rhoda) Ross. He was raised by his stepmother, Ruth Ross, who gave him all the love and care that any mother could. Larry graduated from Ricker Classical Institute in 1946 and served with Co. K, 35th Regiment during the U.S. Army’s occupation of Japan during World War II. He then worked for 19 years as a salesman for Liggett and Myers Tobacco Co., covering the entire state of Maine. He purchased North Road Market, Houlton, in 1971 and operated the store until his retirement in 2003. He was a friend to all, whether traveling north or south. Larry was exalted ruler of Houlton Lodge of Elks, 1976-1977; served as president of Maine State Elks Association, 1981-1982; and GER district deputy Maine North in 1987. He was also a member of Monument Lodge of Masons. Larry was predeceased by his wife, Thelma (Murphy) Ross, in 1999; his son, Dr. James B. Ross, in 2007; and his brother, Russell Ross. He is survived by his grandson, Benjamin J. Ross of Orlando, Fla.; his daughter-in-law, Cheryl Ross of Weston; his sister, Mary Ryder and her husband, Cecil, of Yarmouth; sister-in-law, Joan Ross of Cape Elizabeth; nephews, Arnold P. Ross and Ross Haskell; and several cousins, including Richard L. Rhoda and cousin-in-law, Cecilia Rhoda, of Houlton, Lenny Lenentine of New Hampshire, and Van Lenentine of Maryland. At Larry’s request, there are to be no calling hours or funeral services. Those who wish may make contributions in remembrance of Larry to Houlton Lodge of Elks Scholarship Program, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730.

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