John Howard Ross, 92, of Effingham, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Willowbrook in Effingham surrounded by the love of his daughters.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Newton with the Rev. Stephen Willis officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with full military rites by the Jasper Post 20 American Legion. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. In loving memory of John, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left at www.meyerfh.com.
John Howard Ross was born on Oct. 2, 1921, in Newton, the son of Oscar and Annabell (Scott) Ross. He was a graduate of Newton Community High School. He married Lillian Nadean McKinney on June 19, 1942, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 2005. John proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. John worked as a rural mail carrier and was a home builder. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newton. He was a member of the Rural Mail Carriers Association and the Jasper Post 20 American Legion. John excelled in sports during his high school years lettering in all four sports. He remained a sports enthusiast throughout his life and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. John loved the game of golf, he joined the Jasper County Country Club the year after it was founded and played the course for many years.
John is survived by three daughters, Cathy (Lee) Kaufmann of Effingham, Jody (Nick) Bierman of Corning, New York, and Mary Ann (Michael) Gunn of Santa Rosa, California; seven grandchildren, Patrick Gunn, Brian Gunn, Jason Bierman, Aimee (Bierman) Greene, Scott Kaufmann, Kate (Kaufmann) Marker and Brad Kaufmann; 12 great-grandchildren, Ellen, Emily, Dylan, Gavin, Abby, Molly, Nicholas, Andrew, Jack, Lilly, Myla and a great-granddaughter soon to be born; and sister, Dorothy Harmon of West Covina, California.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Annabell; wife, Nadean; and sister, Emma Jane Gruenewald.
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