James “Jim” Ross of rural St. Paul, passed away at his home with his family by his side on Friday, December 18, 2020.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in St. Paul. Pastor Susan Murithi will be officiating. Masonic Rites will be provided by the St. Paul Masonic Lodge #82. Masks will be required and CDC guidelines will be followed. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2020at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul. CDC guidelines will be followed. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. The service will be livestreamed on the Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Facebook page.
Jim was born on January 7, 1936 in rural St. Paul to Adam & Esther (Anderson) Ross. Jim graduated from St. Paul High School in 1953. Jim served in the U.S. Navy from October 1956 to December 1957, with a rank of electrician.
Jim and Rose Frost were high school sweethearts and were united in marriage on June 27, 1954. They lived their entire married life of 66 years on their farm near St. Paul. Jim farmed and worked at Ritz Feed-Loup Valley Supply and was the Howard County Weed Superintendent before retiring. The family enjoyed going on vacations and traveling. Jim loved the farm, but his greatest enjoyment in life was spending time the kids and the grandkids. He truly enjoyed going to their sporting events and various activities. They had a special place in Jim’s heart, always bringing him a smile. He always said, “It’s all about the kids!” Jim also enjoyed reading novels by Louis L’Amour and watching western movies.
Jim was a member of the United Methodist Church in St. Paul. He also belonged to the St. Paul & Wolbach Masonic Lodges being a Master in both.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Rose; sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Susan Ross of St. Paul, Donald and Monica Ross of Phoenix, Arizona; daughters and son-in-law, Christine O’Neill of Grand Island, Rose Ann and Russell Helmer of Grand Island; grandchildren, Josh (Kelly) Cole, Joe O’Neill, Maegan O’Neill, MaKaya (Tanner) Parker, Zachary Ross, Riley Ross, Jacob Ross, Angela Ross, Nicholas (Jaclyn) Helmer, Jessica (Logan) Eastman; great-grandchildren, Jaydn Cole, Jaryk Cole, Brylee O’Neill, Drazen O’Neill, Sunny Parker, Braiden Eastman, Elijah Eastman, Zoey Stephens, Cayden Helmer, Owen Helmer, Hunter Helmer; great-great-grandson, Brooks Douglas; sisters, Darlene Brahatcek of Ravenna and Ramona Fredrick of Ashton.
Preceding Jim in death were his parents; infant brothers, Wilmer Ross, Marvin Ross, Maxon Ross; siblings, Mary Henderson, Mavis Gagner, Everett Ross, Willard Ross, Daniel Ross; grandchild, Amanda Helmer; great-grandchildren, Myka O’Neill and Awston O’Neill.
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