Harold Owen Ross

On Friday, November 6, 2020, Harold Owen Ross went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 92. 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 his sweetheart, 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, S.D, where he farmed and ranched. Harold also supplemented the income by working with Faith Municipal Telephone as a lineman and with Redelm Telephone as a lineman. Harold used a horse at times to repair lines because of large amounts of snow. 
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, S.D, where they resided until 2016 when they made the decision because of ill health to move to Gregory, S.D. until their passing. 
Survivors include his children: Karen (Bart) Birkeland, Diane (Kerry) Burgee, Evon (Bob) Fields, and Larry (Pam) Ross; 10 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. 
He lived his life for his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was so easy to love but so hard to let go. His legacy lives on through his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at Faith Cemetery in Faith, SD, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

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