Warren C. Ross

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Born in Beaverton, the fifth son of David and Mary Ross, Warren attended school in Beaverton, graduating from Beaverton High School in 1938. He later graduated from the North Dakota State School of Science located in Wahpeton, N.D. in 1944. He was a member of the Franklin Masonic Lodge in Grafton, Mass. for over 50 years.

Warren was very athletic and participated in several sports, however football was the game he loved from age five. He had a tryout with the Washington Redskins but broke his kneecap while practicing. He celebrated his 50th birthday by running a mile in each of the 50 states.

Warren worked three years as a mechanical engineer for Loewy Construction Co. of New York City, whose offices occupied the entire 17th floor of the Empire State Building. He also worked three years as project manager for Dearborn Machinery Movers. He moved to Portland, Ore. in 1959, where he owned and operated 11 restaurants, including founding the Hokies Pizza House chain. He also entered the jewelry business, opening the Columbia Diamond Exchange in 1980 and the Downtown Diamond Store on SW Morrison St. in 1984.

Warren served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Denver and L.S.T. 245, participating in the invasions of Saipan, Guam, Tinina, Peleliu, Ulithi, Leyte, Samar, Mindanao, Iwo Jima, Borneo, and was in the battle of Surigao Straits - the largest battle ever fought between warships.

Warren met and married Ann Robinson in Grafton, Mass. in 1954, and resided on South St. She preceded him in death in 2006. He is survived by daughters, Priscilla Mundal of Portland and Lylla Huggard of Sanford; stepson, Rob Robinson of Las Vegas, Nev.; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Disposition will be by cremation and the ashes spread over the Pacific Ocean.

As a life long lover of animals, Warren would request any remembrance be in the form of a donation to the Oregon Humane Society.

Published in Midland Daily News on Aug. 7, 2012
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