SAMUEL ROSS
1927 - 2020
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Samuel Erwin
Ross, Jr.
May 17, 1927 - July 27, 2020

MIDWEST CITY
Samuel Erwin Ross Jr. was born May 17, 1927 and left this world on July 27, 2020. Born to Samuel E. Ross and Stella Esta Ross, Sam was often simply known as "Ross" to those around him. He married JoAnna Leigh Howard on March 27, 1948. Together, they raised their family in Midwest City, where they were members of First Christian Church for over 65 years. Ross served proudly in the US Navy during World War II aboard a troop transport in the Pacific Theater. He had a lifelong love of boats, often spending time on Lake Tenkiller. He could be found there, sharing tales that would be followed with a disclaimer: "That's a true story." Ross became the patriarch of a large family of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He took joy in sharing in the lives of his kids and their families, often taking grandchildren for haircuts with ice cream to follow. At all times, he was steadfast in his love and support for his family, his proudest accomplishment. Ross had a sharp mind and believed that he could get a bigger hammer and get after tough jobs. He often put that determination to work on tasks like restoring a Buick Convertible or serving as "straw boss" on home improvement projects. He is survived by his wife, Jodie; and by his son, Steve and his wife Ann; son, Randy and his wife Lane; and daughter, Debbie Robertson and her husband Chuck. He is also survived by grandchildren: Joel Ross, Stephanie Shadrick, Tiffany Ross, Brian Smith and his wife Nikki, Gabe Robertson and his wife Erin, Leigh Ann Robertson, Michael Ross and his wife Lindsay, and Daniel Ross and his wife Tiffany; as well as numerous great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by his friend and brother-in-law, Gene Howard and his wife Belva. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Arlyne Crandall; and grandson, David Alan Ross. Services will be at 1pm Friday at First Christian Church Midwest City. The family will receive guests from 6:30-8pm on Thursday at Barnes Freiderich Funeral Home in Midwest City, where visitation will be held Wednesday from 12:00pm to 8pm and Thursday from 8am to 8pm.



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Published in Oklahoman on Jul. 30, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JUL
30
Visitation
06:30 - 08:00 PM
JUL
31
Service
01:00 PM
First Christian Church Midwest City
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July 30, 2020
Mr. Ross (at 65 I still have a hard time calling him Ross or Sam) was a friend of my family for around 70 years. Our families camped together when I was young, and I have fond memories of helping him and the Ross family clear the Tenkiller property that they since have transformed into the “Ross Family Get-Away.”

I spent many a day at their house as a young boy and was always impressed at how self-reliant he was. He and my father were a lot alike in that regard. As someone who grew up working on cars with my father, one of Sam’s undertakings has stuck with me to this day. I went over to play and he was performing an automotive repair job that the thought of still sends shivers up my spine – rebuilding an automatic transmission. He wasn’t afraid to tackle anything.

But most of all, Mr. Ross was a great friend to my mother and father. He would always lend a helping hand.

Mr. Ross, you will be missed.
Rolyn Callahan
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