SALEM - Loren Edward Ross, 94, of Salem, died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 20. 2012, at Langdon Place of Exeter.
Edward was born on July 30, 1918, and spent most of his life in Salem before moving to be closer to his granddaughter. Edward graduated from Woodbury High School in 1937 and served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe and Africa in World War II
. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the grade of staff sergeant (E-5). Edward was employed by the New Hampshire Highway Department as a maintenance foreman in 1946 and was raised to state inspector for projects in 1952. He was promoted to resident engineer in 1954, holding it until 1958, when he resigned to accept a position as foreman with the Universal Fence Company in Lawrence, Mass.
Edward served six years on the Salem School Committee. He served two years as chairman and then as a member of Salem's Town Budget Committee. In 1965, Edward was elected selectman, Town of Salem, and served six years, two years as chairman. Ed's concern for others and his community had a profound effect on all who were fortunate to know him. We will miss his great sense of humor and his ability to make us all strive to be a better person.
Thank you "Bumpy" for making us a better person. We would also like to thank the folks at Langdon Place who loved him like their own. He was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis June McClary of Salem and daughter, Darla Ross McLeod. He was also predeceased by his sister, Phyllis Ross Smith of Salem.
Edward is survived by his nephew/son, Kenneth Stone of Las Vegas; son-in-law Walter Harvey McLeod of Summerton, S.C.; grandsons Harvey Ross McLeod of Summerton, S.C., and Brian Stone of Las Vegas; granddaughters Heather McLeod Mahoney of Rye and Lori Manzanares of Las Vegas; six great-grandchildren; and several very special nieces and nephews.
services: A calling hour will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m., with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m., at Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Ed's name to the Sol Amor Hospice, 65 Lafayette Road, Suite 302, North Hampto, 03862. To send a message of condolence to the family, visit douglasandjohnson.com