OBITUARY - AVERY WERT "JACK" ROSS
Avery Wert "Jack" ROSS was born May 14, 1919 on a farm northeast of Kellerton, Iowa to Dewey and Leona MUNYON ROSS. He was
united in marriage on November 21, 1942 to Martha Ellen GRIFFITH in Princeton, MO.
He was preceded in death by a son, David Avery; a daughter, Judy Ann ROSS HENDERSHOT; his parents, Dewey and Leona MUNYON
ROSS; a step-mother, Leota ROSS; a grandson, Kenneth Dale HENDERSHOT; and a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Kay REED ROSS.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Ellen GRIFFITH ROSS; two sons, Jackie Edward ROSS of Cumberland and Richard Lee ROSS
and wife Rosemary of Loveland, Colorado; a daughter, Conne Kay ROSS DAUGHTERY and husband Randy of Cumberland; a
son-in-law, Dale HENDERSHOT of Cumberland; one full sister, Ruth ROSS FEURING of Schefield; many half-siblings including
Everett ROSS and wife of Osceola, Faye ROSS PERKS and husband of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Barbara ROSS DURELL and husband of Leon,
Peggy ROSS CORALL of Leon, Shirley ROSS GRIM and husband of Des Moines and Wendell ROSS and wife of Altoona; 11
grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Avery spent many years in farming and carpentry, as well as construction, forming ROSS Construction Company while he
was in Kellerton, Iowa with his wife and children. From there they moved to Loveland, Colorado where he continued
working as a carpenter. He and his two sons worked together in Colorado for many years before settling in Cumberland,
Iowa where they operated a plumbing service. Avery and his wife spent their retirement years together both in the
Atlantic and Cumberland areas.
Among his many accomplishments, Avery was a member of the Masonic Temple (Masons) and a 4-H club leader in Kellerton.
In Cumberland he was a member of the Lions Club and mayor in the late 1970's where he was implemental in bringing gasohol
to the area.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, picnicking, listening to country music, and spending time with his family and friends.
Avery was thought of as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, as well as great-grandfather.
Avery and his wife Martha spent many summers and much of their retirement traveling throughout the United States and
Mexico. When not traveling, camping with the grandchildren was a favorite pasttime.
After suffering from a stroke in the mid-1990's, Avery resided in the Colonial Manor nursing home in Anita, Iowa, until
he passed away on March 13, 2000 from complications of another stroke.
Avery will be missed by many and remembered with much love and respect.
Funeral services were held on Friday, March 17, 2000 at the Christian Church in Kellerton, Iowa with Pastor Rick TITUS
officiating. Musicians were Marie MURPHY, Mary TRULLINGER and Margaret BICKERS. Music selections were "Whispering Hope"
and "Beyond the Sunset".
Casket bearers were Rick ROSS, Don ROSS, Ron Ross, Dave Ross, Tyler HENDERSHOT, Charlie DAUGHERTY and Travis ROSS.
Avery was laid to rest in the Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton, Iowa.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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