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May 23, 1941 - April 11, 2017
John Edward Ross departed this world for Heaven on Aprill 11, 2017, at the age of 75. He was preceded by his father, Vernon Ross, his mother, Lura "Edna" Ross, his infant brother, baby Ross, and his sisters, Alice Elaine Maddox and Nora Lee Gustafson.
John is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Ross, his sister, Cordelia "Corky" Williamson, his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin Allen Ross and Lynn Ann Ross; his daughter, Karen Ann Tinder; his granddaughters, Tiffany Marie Machado, Shelby Ann Cloyd, and Savannah Joy Cloyd; his grandsons, Wolfgang Lopez and Michael Allen Ross; his grandson-in-law, Joshua Machado, his brother and sister-in-laws, Eddie and Shirley Lempinen, Ron and Martha Gross, and George Maddox; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins whom he loved very much
In his early years, John lived in Clovis, California, where at the age of 7 he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. His family moved to Shafter, California, at the start of his 8th grade year. During High School, he worked in his Mom and Dad's variety store, and excelled in Football and Baseball He graduated from Shafter High School in 1959. John was honored by being chosen to play in the 1959 "North-South 2nd Annual All-Star Game" for the South team at Quarterback, at BC Stadium.
John attended Biola Bible College for one year, because he wanted to study the Bible. He then came back to Shafter to attend Bakersfield College while helping in his family's stsore.
He joined the U. S. Air Force and served from 1961-1965. He served in Taiwan in the 6987th Radio Squadron as a Morse Intercept Operator, and then served at the Air Force Base in Riverside, California.
In 1961, John married his High School sweetheart, Mary Gross. He lived the rest of his life with Mary and the love they had for each other was admirable to anyone who knew them. They were true teammates in life.
In May, 1965, John worked with the Roscoe Company setting up new stores and managing them in California and Washington states. He then went on to work for the U.S. Post Office as a letter carrier for 30 years. After retirement he worked for the Kern River Golf Course as a Cart Mechanic for 15 years.
John worked with the Awana program, sang in the choir, and taught Bible study in Shafter. He then moved to Bakersfield in 1988, where he found a new Church home at Family Christian Fellowship. John continued serving God by singing on the Praise Team,, teaching adult Bible study, serving as a Deaocn on the Board and the Sunday School Superintendent, and occasionally filling the Pulpit with a message.
John had many interests. He was a fisherman, an avid golfer, a bowler and an umpire. He loved playing around on the computer, doing puzzles and playing cards and games with family. His favorite pasttime was to study the Bible and write up Bible lessons and messages. He was a true "Man of God" and will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
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