Raymond G. Ross, Sr., 90

Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm


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Raymond G. Ross, Sr, died October 19, 2012 in Connecticut after a brief illness. He was born September 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 US Navy from 1942-1946 as a Quartermaster in the Pacific. After the war, Ray was graduated from USD 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 on November 22, 1952, and made the Bangor-Brewer, Connecticut area his home for over 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, and 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; and 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 to 7 PM Thursday October 25 at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St, Brewer. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 AM Friday October 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 531 North Main Street, Brewer. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Brookings-Smith, Reception Rooms, 55 South Main St. Brewer, following the service. Internment will be at Harts Corner Cemetery, Holden, Maine 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, PO Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069-5555.

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