Harrison County, MO


Donald LeRoy Rankin
Donald LeRoy Rankin, 83, passed away November 27, 2010.  LeRoy was born May 28, 1927 in Harrison County, MO the son of John C. and Nora A. (Elliott) Rankin.  He was a retired truck driver for Churchill Truck Lines.  He was a member of Teamsters Local #41; First Baptist Church, Gilman City, MO; and the American Legion Post also of Gilman City.

On August 11, 1947 he married Mareta Marshall.  She preceded him in death on July 29, 2010.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; Daughter, Mavis Rankin; and a sister, Mary Ann.  Survivors include, 1 son, Donald K. (Diana) Rankin, Gilman City, MO; 2 daughters, Katherine S. (Gary) Chambers, St. Joseph, MO and Lisa K. (Dennis) McCreath, Cameron, MO; 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson.
Submitted by : FOFG.


Jackie Roy Ross, son of Lottie Mabel Fish and Russell Ruebin Ross,was born November 22, 1934, in Bethany, Mo.  He departed this life on February 9, 1994 at Veteran's Hospital in Des Moines, Ia at the age of 59 years, two months and 20 days.  Jack had attended Bethany Elementary and South Harrison High Schools.  He became a memeber of the First Baptist Church of Bethany at a very early age.  He was also a member of the DAV of Des Moines, Iowa.

He had enlisted in the Army during the Korean Conflict.  He fought for our country and stayed until the peace treaty was signed.  Even after being severly wounded, he went back and fought.  Jack's oldest brother was missing in action.  He had always hoped to find Donald Ray and bring him home; but he never did.  After being discharged from the Army, Jack did a lot of different things.  From being an over the road trucker to selling produce out of the back of his truck.

Jack had lived in various places in several states; but after his father's death in the late 70's , he returned to Bethany to spend the rest of his life.  He enjoyed going hunting with his cousin Ed.  Everyone would gather at Ed's house of a morning to discuss which way everyone would be going.  At the end of the day, they would meet back there to see how the other one had done.  Ther was a lot of laughs, a lot of sore muscles, and always talk of the one that got away!

In 1986 he was joined in marriage to Lucinda Harrison.  The last seven years were happy ones.  They shared a love for animals, especially horses. They were his pride and joy. 

Preceding him in death were his father, Russell Ross; two brothers, Donald Ray Ross and Junior Lee Ross.  He leaves behind his wife, Cindy, of the home; his mother, Lottie Ross of Bethany, one son, Donald Ray Ross of Des Moines, IA, one daughter Elizabeth Ann Pettit of Bethany, and on grandchild, Ashley Nicole Pettit of Bethany.

A memorial service was held on February 13, 1994, at the Roberson Polley Chapel, Bethany, at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Wilburn Bennett and Rev. Randy Comer officiated.  Clara Belle Gentry sang "Amazing Grace" and "In the Garden" accompanied by Lenore Hatten.
source: Republican Clipper Newspaper
transcribed by: Melody Beery

Mrs. Carter Ross
Mrs. Emma Ross, 83 years old, Martinsville, widow of Carter Ross, died Monday at a local hospital of infirmities of age.  Mrs. Ross was the mother of John H. Ross, Eagleville, Will Ross and Lewis Ross, both of Martinsville, Mrs. Bert Nickerson, Bethany, Mrs. Robert Ebersole, Albany, Leslie Ross, New Hampton and Mrs. Ben Elliott, of near Siloam in Gentry county.  Carter Ross died Dec. 2, 1942.  Mrs. Ross also is survived by a brother, J.P. Apperson, St. Joseph.

The Rev. E.P. Reed and the Rev. Wilburn Bowman, husband of a granddaughter of Mrs. Ross, officiated at funeral services yesterday at the Martinsville Methodist church.  Burial was at Kidwell Cemetery.
Source: Bethany Republican Clipper, Sept. 22, 1943



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