Funeral services for Paul Ross, age 81, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Tim Maxa officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Monday, January 14 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Southwest Iowa Humane Society. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.
Paul Irvin Ross was born January 7, 1932 at Quitman, Missouri, to Oppie Ross and Lois F. (Nicolas) Ross. He grew up in the Braddyville, Iowa area attending country schools and graduating from Braddyville High School. He furthered his education at Northwest Missouri State College, Maryville, Missouri where he obtained his Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Accounting.
Paul returned to Braddyville High School for several years in the mid 1950s to teach and coach basketball. He was active in the National Guard during this time.
Paul met Barbara Beedle and the couple was married November 30, 1957 in Clarinda, Iowa.
Paul was an agent for the Internal Revenue Service for nearly thirty years. Paul and Barbara lived in several cities during this time. He retired in 1987 and they moved to St. Petersburg, Florida moving to Clarinda in the spring of 1995.
Paul was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Siam, Iowa. He enjoyed being on the farm and would return to Iowa to help his brother's plant their crops. Paul enjoyed his coffee groups and visiting with friends.
In addition to donating 57 acres to establish the Pheasants Forever Ross Brothers Wildlife Area, Paul and his brothers donated 76 acres to Page County for the establishment of Ross Park, a popular local fishing facility. Paul was an active supporter of Clarinda A's baseball, Iowa Western Community College, Northwest Missouri State University, several local fire departments and the Southwest Iowa Humane Society.
Preceding Paul in death were his parents; sister in infancy, Beualah and brothers, William (Bill) Ross and Byron (Bob) Ross.
Survivors include his wife Barbara Ross of Clarinda, Iowa; nephews, Gary Ross, Lanny Ross, Kelly Ross, Scott Ross and Mitchell Ross; their families;and many friends.
Paul will be missed by his family and friends.
He will be forever in their hearts.
May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn his passing.