Before my father's retirement several years ago, he was a meat cutter (most people today would say he was a "butcher", observing his skill in action), employed many, many years by a very nice Christian man, "Chuck Ross". I was sad to hear the recent news that Chuck Ross died in a farming accident.
I have many fond memories of Mr & Mrs Ross. The Ross's were a farming, hard-working, middle class family (overseeing "Ross' Country Market" was their "side" business ). They were also generous people. I remember looking forward to their annual picnic(s) for their store workers and families. I loved their beautiful home and spacious yard and remember playing in their pond, too! [our family was poor and didn't have much, so I thought of their home as a mansion in my childish mind] : ) : ) They were the most kind people...
What I'll remember most about Mr Ross (Chuck), is his sense of humor. I was a very shy, quiet little girl. Once, while attending the picnic (around age 8), I noticed a rock on the herth of their fireplace that said something like, "Turn me over...quick!! Hurry!! Please, please turn me over!!"....the other side said, "AAAHHhhh, that's much better!!"
I don't remember laughing out loud, but Mr. Ross saw my reaction (whatever it was), laughed with me and then shared with the other adults (I was slightly embarrassed). He made people feel comfortable in his home, and enjoyed teasing and joking with others.
When I was old enough to babysit, I watched the Ross' oldest grandchildren on several occasions. I have so many good memories of the Ross family. I pray that God will comfort their hearts during this time of grief ... what a heart break to endure --without any warning he would be killed...
Like I mentioned...my dad was a meat cutter all of his life. Dad has often said that Chuck gave him a job that he could have done himself [dad helped oversee the store besides cutting meat during busy farming seasons]. I have tears in my eyes thinking about how God always provided for our family. We had what we "needed". In a small, yet huge way, Chuck was a person through whom God provided for our family...
His obituary was shared online:
Charles D. Ross
Jan. 6, 1938 - March 25, 2010SOUTH BEND - Charles D. Ross, 72, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010, as the result of an accident on the family farm, doing what he loved. He was born on January 6, 1938, in North Liberty, to Millard and Vera (Winnell) Ross. On October 22, 1966, in South Bend, IN, he married Alice J. (Sarasin) Ross, who survives. Mr. Ross is also survived by a daughter, Mary Beth (Luke) Puckett of Goshen, IN; three grandchildren, Victoria (Travis Boucek) Puckett, Brandon Puckett and Annalisa Puckett, all of Goshen, IN; four sisters, Mardell (Kenneth) Gardner of Plymouth, IN, Twillia (Marvin) Gregg of Lakeville, IN, Joan Walsh of Decatur, GA, and Judy Hopper of Elkhart, IN; and by a brother, Harold (Shirley) Ross of LaPaz, IN. Mr. Ross was a lifelong area resident. He served honorably in the United States Army National Guard until 1966. He was a meat manager for Kroger's for over 20 years. He then owned and operated Ross's Country Market on the corner of Mayflower and 23, and farmed all of his life. He was a member of the Community Baptist Church since 1977 where he served as a deacon and usher. Mr. Ross loved golf, and loved to eat at the Hilltop Restaurant in Lakeville where he ate breakfast every day but Sunday. He loved to be with his family, and had a great sense of humor, never short on practical jokes. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 29, 2010, in the Community Baptist Church, 5715 S. Miami Road, South Bend, IN. Rev. Steve Stadtmiller and Rev. John Blodgett will officiate. Burial will follow at Sumption Prairie Cemetery, South Bend. The family will receive friends from 2:00-6:00 p.m. today in the Palmer Funeral Home, 314 S. Michigan St., Lakeville, and from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Monday in the church. Contributions in memory of Charles D. Ross may be made to World Help, Vernon Brewer, P.O. Box 501, Forest, VA 24551. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.palmerfuneralhomes.com/.
Published in South Bend Tribune on March 28, 2010