Steven Gerard Ross(1956 - 2012)

Steven Gerard Ross, 56


Formerly of St. Cloud

Mar. 26, 1956-Dec. 22, 2012

Steven Gerard Ross was born on March 26th 1956 to the late Floyd J. Ross and Edwina Ross, the fourth child of eight children. He attended Catholic school in St. Cloud and graduated from Apollo High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the US Navy. He was initially stationed in Great Lakes, IL and later served in Key West, FL. When Steve spoke of his time in the Navy, he said it was "the best of times and the worst of times." The loneliest night of his life was the night before he shipped out.

After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended the St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing. After earning his RN licensure, he practiced in virtually every area of medicine. He was a truly empathetic and skilled nurse. He prided himself in the fact that he could work in every area of medicine (except OB and pediatrics!). He started his medical career as an orthopedic assistant in the Navy and ended his career in orthopedic surgery working with Dr. Moriarty.

Steve and Joan Schwinghammer met at the VA in St. Cloud, where they both were working as nurses. There was an immediate attraction- however, the stars aligned over a year later. In Joan's words, "that poor guy didn't stand a chance." Joan, utilizing her 'spies' throughout the VA campus, knew his every move and would magically appear wherever he was, often with a fresh coat of lipstick.

Steve was a gentleman and he did things the right way. After asking Mr. Schwinghammer for permission (no small feat), he proposed to Joan in front of her sisters, with the ring in a red cowboy hat. They were married on June 12, 1998. They lived in St. Cloud for several years before building a house in Bemidji and moving up north with their horses.

Although they did not have children, their life was full on nieces and nephews (and their dogs Candy and Baby). Steve put on an annual easter egg hunt with over 200 eggs hidden in the woods. He would dress up as Santa on Christmas, knowing just how to flash by the window at the right instant. An avid fisherman, he spent most of the time baiting hooks and manning the nets for the kids in his boat.

Steve loved to cook and he had an appreciation for good food. His walleye fish fry was legendary. He was a tremendous amount of fun to be around--and had a great sense of humor--so he made friends easily. Although he loved the country life with their horses, he and Joan traveled from Italy to New York to Alaska visiting friends and family.

Steve Ross was a kind, generous and hardworking man who gave more than he received. He was a loving husband and partner to Joan. His sudden death was a shock to us all, and he will be deeply missed.

The LORD is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He makes me lie down

in green pastures.

He leads me beside

still waters.

He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of

righteousness for

His name's sake.

Even though I walk

through the valley of the

shadow of death

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table

before me in the presence

of my enemies;

you anoint my head

with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and

mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the

house of the LORD forever

Steve is survived by his wife, Joan Schwinghammer, his mother Edwina Ross, his siblings Diane Weyer, Floyd, Janice Rudolph, Robert, Paul, Michele Lindgren and Douglas. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd J. Ross.

There will a visitation on Thursday, December 27th from 9 - 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Church in St. Cloud, followed by a mass at 11 a.m.

Published in the St. Cloud Times on Dec. 26, 2012