Richard Wilson Ross
August 3, 1928 – July 20, 2020
Richard Wilson “Dick” Ross (91) Passed away Monday evening July 20, 2020 at McKay Healthcare & Rehab in Soap Lake, Washington. Dick was born Friday, August 3rd , 1928 in Portland, Oregon to William Robert (Bob) and Mary Ellen Peddicard-Ross. In 1933 his family moved to Grand Coulee, Washington, where his parents started “The Booster” - Grand Coulee’s first newspaper, a one page mimeographed sheet of paper. In 1935 they started a regular newspaper, “Grand Coulee News”; then after the “B” Street fire burned their “Grand Coulee News” office in July of 1937, they began the “Grand Coulee News Times”. In addition to his parent’s papers, young Dick also delivered newspapers for the “Spokesman Review” and “Chronicle.” Dick’s dad became postmaster in 1939, then in 1942, following discussions around the dining room table, the family decided to once again start another newspaper. At the suggestion of Dick’s brother Merl, it was agreed that the new newspaper would be called “The Star.” Dick graduated from Mason City High School in Mason City, WA (now part of Coulee Dam, WA). Wearing number “33”, he played right guard for the Mason City High School football team, which from 1943 – 1945 never lost a game. Dick served his country with the US Navy, 18 months of his tour at U.S. Naval Station Adak”, Alaska. Following his honorable discharge, in 1948, 3rd Class Storekeeper Richard (Dick) Wilson Ross went to work for Nordstrom’s Department Store. In 1968, after a successful career in merchandising Dick and wife Margaret purchased the Quincy Ross’ Department Store from his parents which was established in 1950. Dick and Margaret operated Ross’ Department Store till they closed the store and retired in 1982. As his parents before him, who were instrumental in establishing the Spring Canyon Cemetery in Grand Coulee, Dick was an active member of the Lions Club, American Legion, Ephrata Eagles and Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Dick is preceded in death by both of his parents; 1st wife: Nancy Eberding-Ross; 2nd wife: Margaret Mooney-Ross; brother: Merl Ross and his daughter: Rose Mary Ross; Dick’s legacy lives on through his sons: Dr. Robert Daniel Ross; USAF Colonel (Ret) Steven Elliot Ross (Julie) and Larry Stuart Ross (Rosie); Step children Ed and Chet Moonie; multiple grandchildren and his significant other & “The Best thing that ever happened to me”: Freida M. Sebok. Urn burial to take place at Spring Canyon Cemetery in Grand Coulee, Washington, Wednesday July 29, 2020 at 1:00pm. Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting the family with services. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.stratefuneral.com for Dick’s family.
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Richard Wilson Ross
Mary Peddicord. Brose
July 26, 2020
Dick was my oldest cousin. I enjoyed visiting with him these last years hearing him tell stories about his youth with his brother and parents in Grand Coulee. My father, Caleb Peddicord , his uncle, and mother Eleanore, also told me stories of Dick’s early years in Grand Coulee. He was their paper boy and Spent time with them.
I’m glad Dick was blessed with a long life and I prayer for his sons and Frieda as they mourn his passing.
Because of the COVID 19 my husband Larry and I will not be attending the cemetery service although I will be thinking of you all.
God bless and comfort you all. Mary Peddicord Brose.