Richard Manders Ross, Jr.


November 21, 1918 - June 2, 2013

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Richard Manders Ross, Jr. age 94, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, FL died on Sunday, June 2, 2013 of natural causes. Richard was born on November 21, 1918 in Indianapolis, Indiana where he spent his childhood. He was a member there of Fairfax Christian Church and attended Arsenal Technical High School. He attended Indiana University for a short period of time meeting Alice Jeanette Grandstaff. Shortly after their marriage in 1940 they move to North Manchester, Indiana and became members of Zion Lutheran Church. He enlisted into the Army in August 7, 1944 and was assigned to the 30th Division. He was discharged after the war was over on December 20, 1945.

He was the owner of several laundries, was a commission agent for the former Railway Express Co (REA), owned a Gas Stations/newsstands and ran a Montgomery Ward Catalog store. After making many trips to Florida and realizing that was where they wanted to move they became members of Gloria Dei Lutheran church 1983. In 1984 they sold everything in Manchester and moved permanently to Holmes Beach, FL. He working part time for Christie's Plumbing Co on the island. On October 5, 1992 his wife died and he later moved to Freedom Village in 2005.

They enjoyed traveling, not only to Florida but made trips all over the Indiana Territories, Hawaii, Seattle and Europe. He even flew on the Concorde once to Europe.
Richard was a member of Kiwanis International & American Legion, Deming Lodge No. 88, York Rite No. 1845, North Masonic Jurisdiction; Ft Wayne, Order of Eastern Star, and the Gulf Shrine Club. He was a volunteer for the N. Manchester Fire Department.

He will be missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.

Richard is survived by his three children: Jeanette Ann Piott of Puyallup, Washington; James Richard Ross of Shelbyville, Indiana; George Manders Ross of Fitchburg, Wisconsin. He also had 5 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, along with 12 nieces and nephews and several cousins and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife and daughter: Mary Louise Ross, his parents: Richard Manders Ross, Sr., Elizabeth Louise (McClain) Ross, two sisters: Virginia Louise Herrman; St Joseph, Michigan, and E.(Elizabeth) Jane Hardy; Indianapolis, Indiana.
Memorial services will be held @ 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach, Florida, 34217. Pastor Rosemary Backer, will officiate and a private interment service will be in the Memorial Church Garden.

Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.