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W. Thomas Ross

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W. THOMAS ROSS, 70 ROSCOE - W. Thomas Ross, 70, Roscoe, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Kindred Hospital, Sycamore. Born May 31, 1942 in Beloit, WI, son of John Donald and Doris Pauline Bennett Ross. Attended Beloit College and graduated with honors from the Univeristy of Illinois. Married Sally Schleicher in Rockford on May 6, 1967. He served in U.S. Army Reserves for 6 years. Tom was a Certified Public Accountant who was the Winnebago County Auditor for almost 20 years. He had been president of the Auditor's Association of Illinois, President of the Illinois Association of County Officials and President and Trustee of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. He had been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and was presently a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. He participated in many community activities, including 100 Men Who Cook for 10 years. Tom loved to cook, even putting his way through the University of Illinois by cooking. He was completely devoted to his family and was the best dad and grandpa ever. He never missed any of his grandchildren's activities and he had great pride in them. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sally; daughter, Kim Mike Jaeger, Rockton; son, Dan Stacy Ross, Rockford; the loves of his life, grandchildren, Paige and Haley Jaeger and Emily and Sam Ross; brothers, Alan Charlotte Ross, Sarona, WI and James Ross; sister, Susan Culver, Wisconsin; cousins, Kathy Dave Carter and Charlotte Dick Johnson both of Beloit. Predeceased by his parents, grandparents, nephew, Benny Schleicher and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Evelyn and Ben Schleicher. His family would like to thank the staffs of OSF St. Anthony Medical Center and Kindred Hospital for the competent and compassionate care he received over the past several months. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Mt. Olive Lutheran Church with Rev. Kenneth Krause officiating. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. and from 9 00 a.m. until time of the service at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be made to the family. Express condolences and share memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2013
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