Ross, William E. "Bill"
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(Maj.)William E. Ross, (U.S. Army Reserve, Retired) 97, passed away peacefully on May 3. Born in Prescott, Ariz. in 1914 to Carroll and Fred Ross, Bill lived there until his family moved to Phoenix in 1920, a time when McDowell Road marked the northern edge of town. Known as one of the "Moreland Street Gang" Bill and his friends grew up along with Phoenix. After graduating from Phoenix Union High School, he attended Phoenix College before completing his college career at Stanford where he graduated with a degree in Accountancy. He married his first wife, Margaret, in 1942. He was drafted into the Army, became a "90-day" wonder and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 463 AntiAircraftArtillery Battalion as it fought in the European Theater. His unit eventually became part of Patton's race to Berlin. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his war efforts. After WWII, Bill returned to Phoenix to work as an accountant. Margaret passed away unexpectedly in 1947, but not before giving birth to Bill's first daughter. In 1949 Bill married June and they had four children. Throughout the years Bill and June lived in Phoenix, except for a few years when his work took them to Globe, Ariz. Both were active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix, where they first met, and later at the Church of the Beatitudes. June passed away in 1997. Bill was known to lend a helping hand, even serving as a Boy Scout leader when he only had daughters, and as a Junior Achievement sponsor, though none of his kids participated. He worked in several industries and for such companies as Western Farm Management, American Cable Television and McAfee Consolidated. Bill was a loving husband, caring father and grandfather, good friend, exceptional cribbage player and always the gentleman. He is survived by his five children: Brenda Ross (Bob Hossley); Cynthia Knutson; Daphne Madson (Ed); Dwayne (Anne); Nelson (Marianne); and nine grandchildren: Jared Ross, Trevor Hossley; James Madson, William Madson, Walter Ross, Mackenzie Ross; Adam Ross; Alex Ross and Nate Ross. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to either the
- Desert Southwest Chapter or
. Family members will hold a private memorial service.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 10, 2012