James Albert Ross, age 57, died early this morning, July 31, at his home in Moran.
Ross was a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was born October 27, 1932, at Kincaid, the son of William Elmer and Zaida M. Worden Ross. He attended the Mildred and Moran schools before joining the Navy at the age of 17. He completed his high school education while serving in the Navy and recieved his diploma from the Moran High School.
On November 21, 1973, he married Diana Fordham, in Miami, Oklahoma. They made their home in Oklahoma and Washington before moving to Moran on January 1, 1989.
Ross was a member of the Mildred United Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of the LaHarpe Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include his wife, Diana; a son, Frank Burke of Portland, Oregon; a daughter, Dorothy Burke, California; stepsons Carl Knight, address unknown, Raymond and Paul Knight, both of Moran, and Timothy Knight, Orville, Washington; step-daughters Donna Barker and Linda Cady, both of Moran, and Wendy thompson of Bayard; his mother, Zaida Ross, Moran; four brothers, Russell Ross of Iola, Lawrence Ross of Marlow, Oklahoma, Paul Ross of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Gale Ross, Allen, Texas; five sisters, Lois Kershner and Helen Smith, both of Moran, Doris McCollum, Augusta, Marjorie Logsdon, Winfield, and Verl Ross, Allen, Texas; and 9 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday at the Moran United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dennis Matthews will officiate. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, east of Mildred, with full military rites conducted by the LaHarpe VFW and the Moran American Legion. Kunkel Funeral Chapel, Moran, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials to the Fort Scott Area Hospice may be sent to the funeral home.