Ross Dean Gneiting, 68, of Idaho Falls, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home from Parkinson's disease. He was under the care of Aspen Home Health and Hospice.
Ross was born Oct. 14, 1945, in Idaho Falls to Dean Emery Gneiting and Verla Taylor Gneiting. He grew up and attended schools in Coltman and graduated from Bonneville High School. He also attended Ricks College and Weber State University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in secondary education.
On Aug. 18, 1967, he married Linda Ann Horkley in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. To this union were born five children: Holly, Matthew, Heather, April and Noelle. Ross and Linda made their home in Coltman, Idaho, where Ross was a third-generation farmer. He also worked as a schoolteacher for Rigby High School and Midway Junior High School, a security guard at the INL site and at the LDS temple.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ross served an LDS mission to Scotland for two years. He served in a BYU Bishopric, as an Elders Quorum teacher, an executive secretary and numerous other callings.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting sports, cruises, traveling, camping, basketball and football. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and the outdoors. Ross participated in the Senior Olympics in St. George, Utah, where his team won a gold metal in basketball.
Ross never met anyone with whom he didn't end up being a friend. Ross had a zest for life and loved to have fun, a trait that carried over to his family. He loved to tease and joke with people and could always remember names. He was a great husband, dad and granddad.
Ross is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Linda Gneiting of Idaho Falls; daughters, Holly (Bruce) Haderlie, Heather (Doug) Marley and April "Annie" (Justin) Moedl, all of Iona, and Noelle (Trevor) Cook of Idaho Falls; son, Matthew (Vickie) Gneiting of Coltman; sisters, Doris (Tom) Ritchie of Iona, Marjorie (Thayne) Lords of Idaho Falls, Julia (Ray) Iglinski of Coltman, Nola (Larry Kent) Steinmetz of Rigby and Elaine (D.) Simmons, serving a mission in Tonga; and 18 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth; and brother-in-law, Ray Iglinski.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 5, at the Coltman 2nd LDS Ward building, 12448 N. Fifth East, with Bishop Dennis Love officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Grant Central Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.