Jerald (Jerry) A. Ross, 67, was born December 12, 1950, at Russell, Kansas, the son of Lee E. and Mary Catherine (Quint) Ross, and died April 12, 2018, at his home. Jerry graduated from Luray High School in 1969. He loved high school sports and played football at Butler County Community College. He then transferred to Fort Hays State University where he graduated with an Industrial Arts degree in 1973. On April 12, 1975, he married Cindy Borger in Meade, Kansas. Jerry and Cindy were blessed with three children—Jennifer, Jeralyn and Jonathan.
Jerry loved wheat harvest. In his younger years he owned and operated a custom cutting business and traveled from Oklahoma to South Dakota. Later he enjoyed giving his kids and grandkids a ride on the combine. He was proud to teach his son and grandsons about the farming operation. He also enjoyed reminiscing about the “good old days” growing up on the family farm west of Luray. In more recent years, he loved attending his grandchildren’s many sporting events as he was proud of each and every one. Jerry also had many odd jobs over the years including working at Larned State Hospital as an MHDD. His most recent job was a cashier at Russell Travel Center where he enjoyed meeting new people, as he never met a stranger.
Throughout his life, Jerry was a member of various civic organizations including the Bunker Hill Lions Club and the local Kiwanis Club. While his family was actively involved in 4-H, he served on the Russell County Fair Board. He was also proud to be a Russell County Commissioner for several years. Jerry was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and had served on the Property Committee. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone.
Surviving family includes Cindy of the home, daughters Jennifer McNett (Douglas) of Larned, Kansas, and Jeralyn Jefferson (Ellis) and son, Jonathan Ross (Heather), of Russell, Kansas. Jerry was also blessed to have 9 grandchildren: Ross, Reed, Ella and Emma McNett; Jasmine and Ellise Jefferson; and Brygette, Jaxon and Karrsyn Ross. He is also survived by 7 brothers--Joe Ross (Carol), Abilene, KS; Richard Ross (Jeanette), Olathe, KS; Kelly Ross, Oklahoma City, OK; Gary Ross, Plano, TX; Brad Ross (Linda), Raymore, MO; Robert Ross, Nashville, TN, and Harlan Ross (Kim), Manhattan, KS; 2 sisters--Cathy Nelson (Larry) and Mary Pat Waymaster (Lance), both of Russell, KS, as well as many nieces and nephews, and his mother-in-law, Katherine Borger, of Meade, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Mary Catherine Ross.
The funeral service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 10:30 A.M. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the mortuary with family available to greet people from 6 to 7 P.M. The family has set up a memorial to be given to Pheasants Forever or St. John’s Lutheran church and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.