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Gary Ross, 78 - August 28, 2016

Gary L. Ross 78, of Callaway passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at the Callaway District Hospital.
Services were conducted on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Callaway United Methodist Church with the Rev. Shanon Williams officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery at Callaway.
Ross was born Feb. 25, 1938, at Callaway to Owen W. and Esther M. (Miller) Ross. He attended school at Stop Table School through the eighth grade and then graduated from Callaway High School with the Class of 1955.
He served with the National Guard from 1958 to 1964.
Ross was united in marriage to Vivian M. Longmore in Callaway at the United Methodist Church. To this union, four boys were born.
He was a lifetime member of the Morning Star Church, loved his God and truly felt he was put on His Earth to be a good steward of the land, according to family members.
Ross believed in community service and served on many boards including the Callaway School Board from 1972 to 1982, Custer County Feeders/Breeders Association, Callaway Rural Fire District from 1967 to 2001, Elk’s Lodge No. 1688 and Charter member of the 7 Valley’s Rodeo Association.
In 1970, he was the recipient of the Broken Bow Jaycees outstanding young Farmer/Rancher Award. He loved the land and was thankful for the opportunity to live his life farming and ranching, stated the family. He was proud to expand the family farm and be able to leave it to the next generations.
?He was also proud of his sons and grandchildren and their accomplishments. He loved to visit and enjoyed selling feed and seed over the years particularly due to the opportunities it offered him to interact with his customers.
?Ross was a baseball fan his entire life and some of his fondest childhood memories centered around playing baseball and softball on his Stop Table teams, said family. While farming, he spent many a summer evening listening to the Kansas City Royals on the radio in a truck or tractor. Later in life, watching them on TV was one of his favorite pastime as well as Husker football where he attended many of the home games.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Owen and Esther; an infant son, Blaine Owen Ross; an infant brother, Donald E. Ross.
Survivors include: his wife, Vivian of Callaway; three sons—Vaughn (Stephanie) Ross and Rodney (Mary) Ross, all of Callaway, and Gene (Julie) Ross of Fremont; seven grandchildren—Justin (Jincy) Ross of Lincoln, Amber Ross, Reagan Ross, Trevor Ross and Taylor Ross, all of Callaway, and Jacob Ross and Jackson Ross of Fremont.
Memorials are suggested to the Callaway Rural Fire District, the Morning Star Church or donor’s choice.