Warren Ross

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CHINOOK - Warren H. Ross, 84, of Chinook, died of complications following a broken hip Thursday, April 12, at a Great Falls hospital.

His service is 2 p.m. today in the Chinook High School audito-rium. Edwards Funeral Home in Chinook is handling arrange-ments.

Blaine County and Montana leader Warren H. Ross passed away April 12, following compli-cations associated with a broken hip suffered earlier in the week. Warren was two days shy of his 85th birthday, having been born to Thomas Alexander Ross and Marcie Angell Ross on April 14th, 1927. He grew up on the family ranch south of Chinook in the Bear Paw Mountains and at-tended local schools, including Chinook High School, but with World War II raging, he gradu-ated high school at the New Mexico Military Institute.

Following service in the U.S. Navy, he earned his bachelor's degree from Montana State Col-lege - Bozeman, where he met his bride, Betty Don McMillan of Lewistown, who preceded him in passing in July 2007. They were married Nov. 25, 1950, and made their home on Ross 8 Bar 7 Ranch Inc., where they raised their four children.

Warren served on the board of the Montana Stockgrowers Asso-ciation, was a 25-plus-year mem-ber of the Chinook school board, was on the Western Bank Board and was a public member of the board for the Helena branch of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He also served two terms on the Montana Oil and Gas Commission and served as a director for the Sweet Founda-tion, Sweet Nursing Home, the Blaine County Community Foun-dation, Northern Montana Hospi-tal and their foundation boards, and the Chinook Presbyterian Church. He was an American Legion member for 64 years, and was a more than 25-year 4-H leader. Warren's strong commit-ment to community was reflected in his service through these organizations.

Perhaps he most enjoyed his involvement in the Masons, both in Chinook Lodge No. 50 and the Montana Grand Lodge, as well as the Algeria Shrine. He was most worshipful grand master for the state of Montana in 1984, and many of his most enduring friendships were with masons he met in travels representing the Montana Grand Lodge. His Ma-sonic involvement also included serving as worthy patron for the Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to Betty Don, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Schilling; and brother Thomas Ross. Warren's family includes son Don and Tanis Ross on the home place south of Chi-nook; and their daughter, Mary of Missoula, daughter Linda and Jay Rice, who ranch near Pendroy, and their children, Tucker of Lewistown, and his sons, Colt and Cory Rice, and Tara of New Haven, Conn.; son John of Alex-andria, Va., and his daughters, Hilary of Arlington, and Alexa of Boston; and son Hugh and Debbie of West Linn, Ore., and their sons, Thomas of Portland, Ore., David of Boise, Idaho, and Austin McCool of Seattle. In addition, he is survived by several nieces and nephews, and his many friends of all ages and backgrounds, who were an extended family to him as well.

Memorials are requested to the Blaine County Community Foundation, Chinook Presbyterian Church or the .

Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2012
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