Ned Byrl Ross, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, peacefully passed away on Monday (August 28, 2017) in his home at the Presbyterian Manor in Newton.
Ned was born in Newton, Iowa on September 27, 1929 to Merrill and Bessie (Reiste) Ross, growing up on a farm near Minburn, Iowa, the youngest child with three brothers Robert and John. Ned graduated from Minburn High, attended Iowa State University, then proudly served in the US Air Force for two terms attaining the rank of staff sergeant.
While stationed in Salina one evening, Ned and a buddy travelled to Newton to go roller skating where Ned happened to meet his future bride, Arlene Nickel, whom he married on February 28, 1953. While living near the airbase, their first son Jon was born shortly after which Ned received an honorable discharge. The young family moved to Newton to be near Arlene’s parents and family. Once in Newton, their second son Brad was born, then eleven months later their only daughter Kim was born.
Ned worked in the Automotive Parts business in Newton for over 50 years, 18 years at Holstine Chevrolet. Then he opened and managed the local NAPA auto parts store for 18 years. Ned then worked for the Scott family at Newton Auto Supply for approximately 14 more years before retiring from the Auto Parts business. Ned worked another six years in semi-retirement for the North Dillon’s store, delivering flowers and prescriptions until poor health forced him into full retirement in 2010.
In addition to his love of watching sports, Ned loved his family. He enjoyed his time with many friends, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; dedicating his last few years to helping take care of Arlene who lived with Ned at the Manor until her passing in February.
Ned was proceeded in death by his parents, along with his wife Arlene and both brothers, Robert and John who passed away earlier in this year.
Ned is survived by his three children, sons Jon (Kathy) Ross of Newton, Brad (Ladonna) Ross of Winfield, and daughter, Kim (Terry) Stubby of Helena Montana as well as 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
A service celebrating Ned’s life will be held at 1:00 PM this Saturday (September 2, 2017) at the Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton, immediately followed by a reception for all friends and family at the Breadbasket Restaurant in Newton.
Ned’s family extends gratitude to Ned’s extended family at the Newton Presbyterian Manor, where Ned and Arlene made many great friends and received exceptional care and love.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials in Ned’s name may be made to The Caring Hands Humane Society of Newton or The Salem United Methodist Church of Newton in care of the funeral home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.
Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.