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Obituaries

Frank E. Ross

May 5, 2018

Frank E. Ross, 83, of Newton, passed away May 5, 2018, at home.

A funeral service with military honors will be at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at Union Cemetery near the Columbarium. The ceremony is open to friends and family.

Frank was born in Pittsburg, Kan., to Marion Jesse and Jessie Grace Ross May 3, 1935. He went to high school at East High School in Des Moines, and graduated in 1953. He married his high school sweetheart, Norma Kettells, Aug. 27, 1955, in a double wedding ceremony with his brother Richard (Dick) Ross and Bernice Williams. Frank earned a degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. He served in the Air Force at the base in Fukouoka, Japan and retired as a Captain. Frank worked as a director in research and development at Maytag, retiring after 36 years. He enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, photography, and anything to do with aeronautics!

Frank is survived by his children, Suzanne (Kevin) Clayton of Newton, Linda (Bill) Black of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Jeff Ross of Newton; his grandchildren, Betsy (Ryan) Provin, Kathryn Clayton, Brandon and Kendall Black; his great-grandchildren, Gracie, Gavin and Remi. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Norma; brother, Richard; and his parents.

Frank and Norma were generous contributors to the community and many charitable organizations. Memorial donations may be made to Habitat to Humanity or Jasper County Animal Rescue League (JCARL).

Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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