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ROSS, Evert A. 1864-1939


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 7/28/2012 at 16:40:22

Evert A. Ross, Sr. Is Called By Death

Passed Away Sunday Evening After An Illness Which Lasted For A Great Many Months

Was An Old Resident

Had Made His Home In Wellsburg And Vicinity For All Of His Long And Active Life

Evert A. Ross, for many years a resident of Wellsburg and vicinity passed away at the Deaconess Hospital, in Marshalltown on Sunday, July 2nd, about 8:00 p.m. His death came as a culmination of several years of ill health, his suffering beginning three years ago in February when he fell on an icy sidewalk, breaking his hip. Five weeks afterward gangrene necessitated the removal of his left leg, amputated at the Ellsworth Hospital in Iowa Falls. Last November his other leg was taken off at the Iowa Falls hospital and on the 21st of June he was taken to the Deaconess Hospital, in Marshalltown for removal of his appendix, the operation being performed immediately. For several days he appears to be recovering but a turn came for the worse and he passed away Sunday evening.

Mr. Ross was born at Freeport, Illinois, August 6th, 1864, being 74 years, 10 months and 26 days of age at the time of his death. With his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ross, he came to Iowa at the age of two and a half years and has since made his home in Shiloh township, making his home on the farm until ten years ago when he and his family moved to Wellsburg.

He was united in marriage on March 18, 1887, to Stienke Swyter and to this union thirteen children were born, two dying in infancy and the other eleven, with their mother being left to mourn a kind and loving father. The children are: Mrs. Louis Bakker, Ackley; Mrs. Will Mudderman, Stout; Mrs. John Bakker, Mrs. Ebbo Heikens, Mrs. Wort Riekena, Mrs. John Miller, Albert Ross, Willie Ross, Mrs. Ebe Harms, Evert E. Ross and Tena Ross, all of Wellsburg. He leaves, too, thirty-one grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, one brother, John A. Ross, a large number of other relatives and a great host of friends who will all feel his loss keenly for Mr. Ross was a kindly man, one who had a great capacity for human friendship.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the Voskuil church west of Wellsburg, with interment in the cemetery at the church.

--Wellsburg Herald and The Grundy County Spokesman (Wellsburg, Iowa), 5 July 1939


Last Rites Are Held For Mr. Evert A. Ross

Funeral services were held last Wednesday, July 5, 1939, for Mr. Evert A. Ross, who passed away Sunday evening, July 2, 1939, at the Deaconess Hospital in Marshalltown, following an appendix operation performed about a week previously.

The funeral services were under the direction of Rev. L. F. Voskuil of the First Christian Reformed church, west of Wellsburg, and interment was made in the church cemetery.

Services were held at the house at 1:00 o'clock and there Mrs. Ben P. Riekena and Mrs. Jake Geerdes sang a beautiful song followed by a prayer by Rev. Mr. Voskuil.

Immediately after the service at the home public services were held at the First Christian church where a large number of Mr. Ross' friends, neighbors and acquaintances gathered to pay their last respects to their friend who was so well beloved. At this service the Rev. Mr. Voskuil spoke in English and the Rev. Wm. Landsiedel in German. Music was furnished for this service by a quartet composed of Nettie Ruter, Ordie Eckhoff, Gladys Geerdes and Elizabeth Eckhoff.

Casket bearers were: J. J. Ludemann, Henry Schafer, Fred Gross, John Eckhoff, Dick Weichers and Joh DeNeui.

Those in attendance at the funeral from a distance were:
George Swyter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eckhoff, Mr. and Mrs. Harm Cornelius, Mr. and Mrs. Arend Ornhous, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Fisher all of Clara City, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Sid Riggles and son of Forest City, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Hank Schroeder and family, George Daniels, and William Swyter, of Titonka, Iowa; Harm Daniels and family, Garner, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Harm Hartman, Mr. John Hartman of Buffalo Center, Iowa; Mrs. William Daniels and family, Ackley, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schipper and family, Kesley; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Neessen, Waterloo, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Heiko Neessen, Grundy Center, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Klunder, Holland, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Willie M. Ross, Dike, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ross, Conrad, Iowa.

--Wellsburg Herald and The Grundy County Spokesman (Wellsburg, Iowa), 12 July 1939


Evert Ross Dies Suddenly Sunday At the Hospital

Death came suddenly about 3 o'clock Sunday evening to Evert Ross at the Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown. He had been taken to the hospital ten days before for an operation for an acute case of appendicitis. Because of his advanced age and the condition of the appendix at the time of the operation, his case was regarded as very serious from the beginning. He seemed to be recovering as well as he should and was about ready to be dismissed from the hospital. He had been feeling very cheerful up to a short time before the end. Death resulted from a sudden attack of the heart.

Mr. Ross had met with many misfortunes during the past few years of his life. The misfortunes began with a broken hip which kept him in the hospital five weeks. A few weeks after he returned home gangrene set in and he was compelled to go back to the hospital. The gangrenous condition was believed to have been the result of the accident to the hip. To check the spread of gangrene, one of his legs was amputated above the knee. He seemed to have completely recovered from the operation when a few months later the same condition developed in his other foot. In the end amputation was believed to be the only cure and he went back to the hospital a third time and had the other leg removed above the knee. The final and last of his physical misfortunes was the attack of appendicitis which took him on his last trip to the hospital.

Mr. Ross took all of this hard luck and suffering with very little complaint and he constantly looked forward to better and happier days to come. It was the wonder of members of his family and his neighbors how a man who was called upon to meet one misfortune after the other and still be able to smile and take it.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian Reformed church yesterday afternoon. The services were conducted by the local pastor, Rev. Louis Voskuil, assisted by Rev. Wm. Landsiedel of the Wellsburg Reformed church. Burial was in the family lot in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Lived in Grundy County Over 72 Years
Mr. Ross was born at Freeport, Ill. Had he lived until the 6th of August, he would have been 75 years old. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ross. He came to Grundy county with his parents when he was 2 1/2 years old. The family located on a Shiloh township farm. Mr. Ross remained on the farm after his marriage. Five years ago he and his wife moved to Wellsburg.

Had 12 Children
Mr. Ross was the father of twelve children. Eleven of them are living. The surviving children are Mrs. Lou Bakker, Wellsburg, Mrs. Wm. Mudderman, of Stout, Mrs. John Bakker, Mrs. Ebbo Heikens, Mrs. W. W. Riekena, Mrs. John Miller, Albert, Will, Mrs. Et B. Harms, Evert and Tena. The widow and one brother, John A. Ross, also survive.

--newspaper clipping, source unknown


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