Kenneth R. Ross, 96, Willshire, Ohio, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021, in the Adams Memorial emergency room. He was born in Mercer County, Ohio, Jan. 16, 1925, to the late Bruce Lee and Beatrice L. (Krugh) Ross. Kenneth was united in marriage to Donna L. Tope March 1, 1947, at Wren United Brethren Church; she preceded him in death Nov. 14, 2016, following 69 years of marriage.
Ken proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Army, being awarded the Purple Heart during his combat action in France and Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He was the oldest living member of the Willshire American Legion Post 207, and bowled for the Post for many years..
Ken was longtime farmer in Willshire, and was employed for International Harvester, retiring after 27 ½ years of service.
He and Donna enjoyed traveling and taking trips to their vacation home in Mountain Home, Arkansas, along with their home at Big Lake near Columbia City. He loved to take his grandchildren fishing before sunrise.
Ken appreciated the close knit community that is Willshire, where neighbors look after one another. He served as the Grand Marshall of Willshire Days in 2017.
Among survivors are his sons, Donald L. Ross of Ohio City and Michael K. (Janie Tinkham) Ross of Willshire; daughters, Darla J. (Max) Case of Convoy, Ohio, and Karen S. (Terry) Tinkham of Decatur; sister, Rosemary Charleston of Van Wert; brothers, Lanny (Nell) Ross of Fort Wayne and Paul D. Ross of Convoy; 10 grandchildren, Chris (Kendra) Case, Candi (Sean) Walker, Casey (Kevin) Black, Christa (Kyle) Sherman, Matt (Heidi) Tinkham, Mark (Roxanne) Tinkham, Luke Tinkham, Troy (Tiffany) Ross, Josh Ross and Nate Ross; 19 great-grandchildren, Mckenzi (Ford) Tatum, Christian Case, Chloee Case, Finley Case, Kendall Black, Charlotte Black, Stella Sherman, Addison Ross, Nicole Ross, Grace Ross, Caleb Ross, Joel Ross, Nevaeh Ross, Cole Ross, Zoe Ross, Ryan Tinkham, Riley Tinkham, Tyler Tinkham and Trent Tinkham; and seven step-great-grandchildren, Haley Walker, Lexie Walker, June Sherman, Chance Van Fleet, Jayden Black, Keaton Black and Jalyn Brown.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ray A. Ross; two brothers, Lowell J. and Keith E. Ross; and a sister, Irene Tumbleson.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home-Decatur, with Pastor Robert Shook officiating. Graveside Military Honors will be conducted by Willshire American Legion Post 207. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Rockford, Ohio.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, and one hour prior to services Thursday, all at the funeral.
Preferred memorials are to Wren EMS; Van Wert Visiting Nurses and Hospice; or Rockford Belle Community Church.
Arrangements handled by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home-Decatur.
Published in Decatur Daily Democrat from May 14 to May 15, 2021.