September 21, 1947November 28, 2018

Estes Park, CO- Mr. Ross William Stephen, 71, passed away peacefully November 28, 2018. Born in York, NE to Claire and William Stephen, Ross grew up in Brighton, CO. He heard his country calling during his time at CSU and decided to join the army, graduating from the US Army Artillery and Missile OCS, class 15 of 1967. He then went to serve as first lieutenant in Vietnam, where he acted as a forward observer in the DMZ and also as a village liaison. Ross was a proud graduate of CSU, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture, following a successful 20+ year career in construction. He served Estes well with his creative landscape designs and trade work. Dad shared his love and passion with friends as an avid golfer and CU football fan-a season ticket holder since 1979. He rarely missed a game or morning tee time. Ross was dedicated to the family he and Grace raised, as a true servant to his children's sporting events and talent shows. He was their number one fan. Ross is survived by his wife of 38 years, Grace, their daughter Kristie, daughter Jennie Dreiling and son-in-law Jackson, son Jeff and daughter-in-law Amy, and sister Barbie Flannigan. He was the proudest Papa of four beautiful grandkids, Josh, Jack, Norah, and Blaire. He is preceded in death by his son Josh, parents William and Claire and sister Beverly. Anyone who knows Ross knows how he would wish that you cherish the time with your families, tee off with a friend, tell a few jokes and root for the Buffs! A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies on Saturday, December 8th, at 11:00 AM , followed by a celebration reception at The American Legion Post 119. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Estes Valley Junior Golf Program (PO Box 1379, Estes Park, CO 80517) and register to become an organ donor.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 8, 2018


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Monica Sigler

December 8, 2018

Good golly, I just saw you both... thinking of you Grace 😕 and your family ❤️ So sorry

Mike R

December 8, 2018

Ross will be missed by many and I consider myself lucky to have crossed paths in my life with such a kind gentle man. I met him soon after moving to Estes and had the pleasure to see what kind of man he was thru his son and what a great young man he was and still is. Rest In Peace Ross and know your legacy and kindness carry’s on thru your son and daughters and of course your lovely wife.

Kevin Bemis

December 7, 2018

Sorry for the loss. I enjoyed working with him.


December 5, 2018

Dear Grace, I'm thinking of you during this difficult time. I'm so glad you joined Quota and look forward to getting to know you better. With warmest regards, Mary Mesropian

Julie Varilek

December 5, 2018

We would like to express our deeply felt sorrow at hearing about Ross’ passing. We’re so sorry that we can’t be there on Saturday but know we’re there in spirit. Love and prayers to the family. We think about you all so often!
Chuck and Julie Varilek

Grant Rhoades

December 3, 2018

Grace and family.
I am so sorry to here about Ross. I will always remember his infectious smile and laugh. Also the times that we played golf. I don't know how many people i told about him designing a hole at the golf course there in Estes Park. Ross will be dearly missed. Sending love and prayers to all

Michelle Parker

December 1, 2018

Ross is such a enormous part of our family’s memories of our time in Estes. He had such a great sense of humor and young athletes in Estes had no finer encourager than Ross!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,
Ray, Michelle, Les and Luke Parker

Andy Nielsen

December 1, 2018

Grace and family,,
I am so sorry to hear about Ross,he will always have a special place in my heart.
Sorry as well because of health reasons I won't be able to make it up to Colorado,but I am there in spirit..
Love you all.

Laura and Mike Kearney

November 30, 2018

Ross was one of the dearest friends our family came upon. He made a point to come to our office at least once a month and share his family stories! He was one proud dad and a extremely proud PaPa! You will be dearly missed Rossco! Rest In Peace our dear friend!