Graveside services for Harold Ross were held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the Faith Cemetery in Faith, SD, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Kinkade Funeral Chapel of Sturgis, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
Harold was born January 20, 1928, at home in Redelm, SD, to Nellie (Baker) and Lawrence Ross. He attended grade school at Redelm School and high school at Faith and Dupree. During his high school years, he worked for room and board for Dr. Creamer in Dupree, SD.
He married Joan Darlene Miller on May 21, 1949. To this union four children were born, Karen Lee, Diane Rae, Evon Joan, and Larry Dale. They lived on the Ross homestead south of Redelm, SD, where he farmed and ranched. Harold also worked with Faith Municipal Telephone as a lineman and with Redelm Telephone as a lineman.
He served on many boards including Lewis School Board and the Dupree Elevator Board for 21 years. He was an Odd Fellow Lodge member for several years. Harold and Joan were very active as 4-H leaders for many years and enjoyed helping community kids with their projects. Harold was instrumental in establishing the first 4-H rodeo in western South Dakota.
In 2004, Harold and Joan sold the family farm and moved to Sturgis, SD, where they resided until 2016 when they made the decision, because of ill health, to move to Gregory, SD, until their passing.
On Friday, November 6, 2020, Harold Owen Ross passed away at the age of 92.
Survivors include his children: Karen (Bart) Birkeland, Diane (Kerry) Burgee, Evon (Bob) Fields, and Larry (Pam) Ross; ten grandchildren: Jeff (LeAnn) Birkeland, Jason (Michelle) Birkeland, Justin (Cindy) Burgee, Marty Burgee, Josh Fields, Marci (John) Ridle, Amanda (Blake) Ladage, Mindy (Chip) Heidler, Micheal (Ashley) Ross, and Melissa (Grant) Bassamore; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond (Bette) Ross; sister, Dale Starr; brother-in-law, Earl Capp; and many nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his parents; sister, Darlene Ross; sister and brother-in-law, and niece, Ruth (Delbert) Pooley and Sharon Pooley; sister, Alice Capp; and brother-in-law, Brock Starr.