Ronald Eugene Ross

Ronald Eugene Ross (age 79), of Jordan, died March 21, 2017 in the company of his family in Shakopee, MN.  A memorial service will be held to celebrate Ron’s life on Monday, April 17, 2017, 12(noon) with visitation two hours prior at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation in Shakopee, MN.

Ron was the son of Harvey and Beulah Ross.  He was born in Estelline, SD on June 2, 1937.  He and his family lived in Keystone, SD and Custer, SD.  The family moved to Brookings, SD where Ron attended Brookings High School.

Ron married Mary Richardson in 1955.  He and Mary had five children, including Rhonda, Steven, Diana, Juliet and Daniel.

Ron graduated from South Dakota State University in 1959, with a B.S. degree in agricultural journalism.  After graduation, Ron worked in communications at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.  He and his family moved back to Brookings, where he was employed as an agricultural writer at SDSU.

Ron later worked at the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks as a regional information specialist.  In 1966, he accepted a job at Webb Publishing Co in St. Paul, MN and moved to Inver Grove Heights, MN.  At Webb Publishing, Ron served as an associate editor of The Farmer magazine and later as editor of Irrigation Age magazine.

In 1978 he moved to Brookings, SD where Mary operated a family business and Ron did freelance public relations and advertising.  In 1981 Ron accepted a job at Miller Meester Advertising in Minneapolis.  He retired from Miller Meester in 1998.  He freelanced during the last 10 years of his writing career, specializing on stories about conservation farming.  A book containing a compilation of his articles was published by Lessiter Publications in 2007.

Ron and Mary enjoyed camping, fishing, travel and spending many hours with their grandchildren.  They visited many national parks and monuments and the state parks of Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  Ron was a Goodhue County Master Gardener and a member of the Red Wing photography club.  He spent many hours beautifying the lawn of their 6-acre home in the woods near Welch, MN.  After Ron moved to Jordan, MN, he was very active at Brentwood Court and volunteered with the Jordan Area Historical Society.

Ron’s survivors include three daughters, Rhonda (Tom) Bosworth of Shakopee, Diana (Dean) Dalbotten of Minneapolis, Juliet (Scott) Beckel of Rochester; son, Steven Ross of Red Wing; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Felberg of Lansing, MI.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ross; son, Daniel Ross; granddaughter, Katrina Ross; great-grandson, Daxter Ross; daughter-in-law, Victoria Ross; parents, Harvey and Beulah Ross; brother, William Ross.

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  1. Rhonda and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I know what a special man he was to have a special daughter like you.

  2. Colleen Eischens

    To Rons family, I live at Brentwood Court where Ron lived and he was one of the nicest man I have ever met and truly enjoyed talking to him. All of us at Brentwood will truly miss him.

  3. Dean and Diana,
    So sorry for your loss. I’ve enjoyed seeing photographs of your family on Facebook and know how important they are to you.

  4. I have so many wonderful memories of Ron as a friend and co-worker. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  5. Ron was one of the nicest, most caring people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was a true professional, holding the highest standards regarding writing and journalism. But his true passions were family and agriculture. We are proud to have worked with him. He will be missed.
    Greg and Cathy Leaf

  6. David Theodor Ernst

    I am sad to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a good friend and colleague.

  7. Linda Hornback-Mountcastle

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Ron. Sweet, humorous, loving, brother-in-law. He will be in my heart forever. Condolences and prayers to everyone.

  8. Mary was my late wife, Sharon’s, Minnesota “mother.” Ron was a dear friend and co-worker. We spent so much time at the house in Welch over the years, and commuted to Miller Meester daily for about five years. Ron was more than a commuter and co-worker. He was a mentor. Most of all, he was a friend. And a damned good one. I’m so sorry we miscommunicated last weekend. We made tentative plans to meet up this coming Monday at Rhonda’s. My condolences to all of you.

  9. I am so very sorry for your loss. Ron was a sincere, kind and compassionate man. He will be missed.

  10. So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories from Miller Meester.

  11. Ron was a good and kind person and I valued his friendship and mentoring a great deal. As an intern with Irrigaiton Age, I learned much more from him about agricultural journalism than any classes I had taken in college. In later years I had the privilege of working alongside him at Miller Meester. There as well, he was as much a mentor as a friend and he is missed.

  12. Ron was an exceptional writer and wrote for a number of years for us about outstanding no-tillers for our No-Till Farmer magazine. He will be missed.

    Frank Lessiter,
    Lessiter Publications

  13. I worked with Ron at Webb Publishing for several years. He was a dedicated agricultural communicator and left a lasting legacy. My condolences to go out to his family.

  14. Ron and I shared the honor of being employees of Miller Meester Adv. for 16 years. We spent many miles on the road and in and out of airports for farming stories and photography. I had just had lunch with Ron a couple of months ago and we had planned to do so more often. I have many found memories of our travels together. He will be missed.

  15. To the Ross family-
    I had the distinct pleasure of knowing Ron while living at Brentwood Court. He was a great conversationalist and the best of story tellers. I often sought his advice on my mini balcony garden which saved several of them. He was an all around very nice man and will be missed a lot. I am a richer person fo knowing him. Prayers and blessings to you all.

  16. Sending prayers and strength to the family from Tucson. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet Ron and see his joy he had from taking his beautiful photos. I remember recently when he came to Arizona and then traveled the west coast and took so many pictures. He will live on through the wonderful memories he gave us all.

    The Audiss Family
    Tony, Suzette and Antoinette

  17. Harry Cline, Fresno, CA

    It was 1976 when I met Ron. I had left newspaper reporting to go into ag publishing with a small company in CA. I met Ron through AAEA. I wanted to learn more about how ag publishing worked, and he invited me to visit Webb. He managed to get just about every Webb editor into the company kitchen to visit with me and answer questions. He laughed afterward that he learned as much as I did because seldom did all the Webb ag editors gather in one spot to share. I knew then Ron has offered me rare insight into the business. We remained friends through the years and shared a common concern for troubled children. During the ag publishing heyday, it was the general belief that you had to be a raised on a farm or dairy to be an ag journalist. Ron and I shared a different view. He believed that you don’t need to know how to drive a combine or milk a cow to be an ag journalist; a good journalist can write about anything. Ron was not only well respected as a talented and kind journalist, but he was a friend to everyone. So long my friend.

  18. Rhonda and Family:
    My wife, Nancy, and I are unknown to you, but we wish to send you our condolences on Ron’s passing. I was a writer for The Dakota Farmer and competed with Ron who was with The Farmer at the time. It was a lively professional competition. Later Ron played a very significant role in my work life. As a beginning freelance writer in Boise, Idaho, Ron offered me a contract for three articles a month for Irrigation Age. That regular income gave me the basis for my new business and the confidence that I could make it on my own. I will always be grateful to him for his friendship, mentoring, and his trust in my writing.
    Charlie Henry

  19. Amy, Jeff, Kayla & Elise Baker

    Uncle Ron was a very kind hearted, intelligent man. He will live on in the memories shared, his written contributions and incredible photography. I have very specific memories of him that I will continue to hold dear forever. Much love to my Minnesota family, and those of us scattered across the States.

    Amy Baker & Family

  20. Sandra Frie-Smith

    To Ron’s family:

    What a special occasion it was for Ron and I to share some good quality cousin time a few years ago. I was able to contact another cousin, whom neither of us had ever met, Cristy Manska Egan, and she and her husband drove over from the San Fransisco Bay area for an evening of family genealogy and bonding. Her grandpa, Bert Ross, was our uncle.
    When I would visit the Brookings area, Ron would make every effort to join us for a family reunion. He certainly did enjoy his family fellowship, spoke fondly of his children and grandchildren, his adventures “on the road”, and many (comical) family memories.
    I extend my sincere condolences to all of you. He was a great guy, creative, intelligent, and FUN! I will miss his Scottish Ross humor.
    Later, Ronnie……………….

  21. To Ron’s family,
    We met Ron when we moved to Brentwood apartments. We would enjoy chatting with him on our walks or at the Brentwood events. An amazing and interesting gentleman.
    Deepest Sympathy,
    Judi and Larry Moonen

  22. Tony Minnichsoffer

    Dear Rhonda & Tom, Diana & Dean, Juliet & Scott, and Steven,
    Please accept my deepest most sincere sympathy at the loss of your Dad. You folks and all your dear ones are in my prayers.
    For me, Ron Ross was an incredible role model. He was kind, strong and professional. We first met shortly after he joined Webb in 1966. Ron worked in the Ag Services Division then and as a restless senior in ag journalism, I yearned to know how to launch my career. Although Ron was only six years older than me he seemed to have 20 years experience at everything I wanted to do. I knew immediately he could teach me much.
    Life’s grand. Only two years later we were both associate editors for The Farmer magazine. And for the next four years Ron was my mentor, buddy, sounding board and beloved colleague. Ron’s shared wisdom, family values and moral principles were one of God’s great gifts to me.
    We each moved on, and then, as fate twists, we again worked together at Miller Meester. And our aging seemed to enrich our friendship.
    Although you’re saddened by your loss now, I hope you can find some joy in knowing that Ron is with Mary and Danny in a better place.
    With loving sympathy,
    Tony Minnichsoffer

  23. Ron was a good friend and colleague dating back almost to the time when he started to work at Webb, and Mary and the children waved at him from their VW bus as he crossed the parking lot to enter our offices. He was an inspiration to his fellow agricultural writers and editors, with sound knowledge of his subject and a conscientious craftsman and wordsmith. At Miller Meester, too, he was appreciated for the same reasons. I fondly remember lunch hour walks along the Mississippi and our joy when we saw “our” dandelion in the massive wall, having survived another winter and high water, welcoming the spring. I will miss Ron.
    Our condolences to the entire family.
    Rudy and Susan Schnasse

  24. It is a privilege to have known Ron as colleague and friend since we began work at Webb. He was known and valued as a fine agricultural journalist, wordsmith and craftsman with deep knowledge of his field. These qualities continued to inspire his coworkers at Miller Meester. As I contemplate Ron’s departure from this life, I remember our noontime walks along the Mississippi River after those long winters. We’d lean over the railing and there, in the massive wall, “our” dandelion had survived cold and high water of yet another winter to welcome a new spring. I will miss Ron.
    Our condolences to Ron’s entire family.
    Rudy and Susan Schnasse

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