THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard B. Ross
Richard "Snake" B. Ross, 80, of Wallace, Mi. passed away on Friday, Nov. 30 at Bellin Hospital, Green Bay.
Born on April 6, 1932 to the late Bennie and Elizabeth (Elaud) Ross in Ann Arbor, Mi., he graduated from high school in Gary, Ind.
He served for 31 years in the United States Navy all over the world, including three tours in Vietnam and retired as a Master Chief. Following service he earned a bachelor degree from UW-Marinette. He worked for 15 years as a Civilian Quality Inspector for the United States Navy, 12 in Marinette and three in New Orleans, he retired in 1993 and returned to Wallace.
On Sept. 22, 1986 he married Lilia Zapanta in Marinette. Active in the local veteran's associations, he served as the State Commander of the Michigan VFW. He was also a member of the Menominee VFW, the American Legion Post #43 of Stephenson and the 20 Year Club. He was a life member of the DAV, a member of Forth and Either of Carney, LST, USS Columbus Veterans Association and the Military Order of the COOTIE of the United States.
He is survived by his wife, Lilia; a son, Steven Ross of Louisville; a daughter, Danielle Ross of Kansas City; two stepchildren, Judy (Ted) Story of Marinette and Walter (Lauri) Seglund of Green Bay; a brother, Russell Ross of Wisconsin Rapids; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bennie.
Friends may call at Thielen Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. with Cletus Ninham officiating, followed by military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Legion of Stephenson Woman's Auxiliary would be appreciated.