BANGOR – Raymond G. Ross Sr., 90, died Oct. 19, 2012, in Connecticut, after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 1, 1922, in Akron, Iowa, the son of William B. and Mary (Neary) Ross.
Ray graduated from Akron High School in 1940. His education at the University of South Dakota was interrupted by World War II where he served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946 as a quartermaster in the Pacific. After the war, Ray graduated from the University of South Dakota and its law school in 1949 and was admitted to the bar in South Dakota. Foregoing law practice, Ray pursued a 28-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He married Patricia Clark Lowe, Nov. 22, 1952, and made the Bangor-Brewer area his home for more than 60 years, although he never forgot the farm by the Big Sioux River nor his Midwestern values. Ray gave freely to all and asked nothing of anyone in return. He loved the summers at camp on Lucerne, his roses, collecting oil lamps, Saturday morning tag sales, the camaraderie of Leighton Street by the park, his poker nights, the McDonald’s breakfast gang with Bob McDonald and the Scriptures among others, and the weekly Coach House dinners with his close friend George Moran and brother-in-law Carl Lowe.
Ray was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Patricia; daughter, Barbara Norris; son, Raymond Ross Jr.; as well as his parents, five siblings and five double cousins. He leaves behind his son, Jack Ross and his wife, Susan; four grandchildren, Rachael Norris-Stoklasek and husband, Thomas, Jonathan Norris and wife, Denise, Leah Ross and Raymond Ross III; two great-grandchildren, Ian Stoklasek and Natalie Norris; daughter-in-law, Wanitta (Knowles) Ross; many nieces and nephews. The family thanks Dr. Amy Fenwick for the two years you gave Dad, allowing him to meet his great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 531 North Main St., Brewer. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Brookings-Smith Reception Rooms, 55 South Main St., Brewer, after the service. Interment will be at Harts Corner Cemetery, Holden, now and by the Big Sioux River in Iowa in the spring. Gifts in memory of Ray may be sent to the University of South Dakota Foundation, P.O. Box 5555, Vermilion, SD 57069-5555.