Memory Gardens Funeral Home & Memory Gardens

8200 Old Brownsville Road, Corpus Christi, TX


Hulen Dean Ross

June 9, 1937July 8, 2019

Hulen Dean “Tutor” Ross, 82, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away on July 8, 2019. He was born in Waurika, Oklahoma on June 9, 1937. He was married to Minnie Anita Thomas Ross on August 29, 1975. Hulen served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired from the Navy after 23 years of service. He also worked and retired from Champlin/Citgo after 22 years of service. He had a passion for sports. He spent most of his life coaching and teaching his children, as well as other children in his community, and also when he was stationed overseas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jennie V. Abell and John B. Abell; his son, Kenneth Grant Ross, and various other family members.

He was survived by his wife, Minnie A. Ross; his son, Troy S. Ross; daughter, Tonya R. Lefkowitz; son, Mark (Rosemary) Acosta; son, Jason (Jacqueline) Garcia; son, Robert (Carrie) Ross; his 9 grandchildren; sister, Loretta (Billy) Scott; sister, Ginger (Ray) Koen, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Memory Gardens Funeral Home Chapel at 9:00 AM, July 20, 2019, with funeral service to follow at 10:00 AM. Burial will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you make a donation to the Memorial Service Detachment. They can be reached at: 361-248-4830.


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Thomas Ross

July 10, 2019

In my lifetime as his grandson, Hulen was every bit as loving and as encouraging to my character and who I have become as a man as anyone could ever hope for.

The photo below was taken the last time I was able to hold him and tell him I loved him with a smile on both of our faces. It was a good day, which were hard to come by toward the end.

If there is one thing that this wonderful man imprinted on myself after all he had been through in life, good and bad, was something he wanted us to all remember and carry with us;
"Family first....always."