Richard Harold Ross

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  • Name: Richard Harold Ross
  • Location of Birth: Keewatin, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: August 6, 1923
  • Date of Death: February 10, 2008 (84 years old)
  • Parents: Phillip and Mable Rostanka
  • High School and Class: 1941 - Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: St. Olaf Cabot
    University of California
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  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: 1942
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  • Date of Discharge: 1946
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  • Military Highlights:
    Richard enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 and served aboard the PT boats in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Richard attended schools in Nashwauk, Minnesota, Marble, Minnesota, and graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine, Minnesota in 1941. He later attended college at St. Olaf Cabot and the University of California.

    Richard worked for the United States Government Atomic Weapons Laboratories in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He later was employed as a truck shop foreman at M. A. Hanna Mining Company and retired from his position in 1985.

    Richard was a member of the Grand Rapids Moose, Eagles, and VFW Clubs in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He also belonged to PT Boats, Inc., and the Hanna Retiree Club. Richard enjoyed operating heavy equipment, fishing and telling jokes and stories.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Olivia; and a sister, Fern Grussendorf.

    He is survived by his wife, Sally (Marr) Ross; daughter, Tanya (Scott) Jackson; stepchildren, Glen (Karen) Marr, Mallory (Sandy) Marr, Andrea (Elmer) Johnson, and Diane (Curt) Meyers; sister, Evalynne Cheney; brother, Donald; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Buried in Harris Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (no plot number available)

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