James Louis Ross
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James Louis Ross
February 10, 1926 -- August 27, 2012

James Louis Ross, 86, of Prairie Village, KS, died Monday, August 27, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice House. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Friday, August 31, 2012 at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 7231 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday at the church with a Rosary being said at 6:30 PM. Entombment in Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum.

James, the oldest of eight children of Ardath Spohn and J. Louis Ross, was born at Garnett, KS on February 10, 1926. He grew up on a farm near Welda, KS where he graduated as Valedictorian of the Welda High School class of 1943. He received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Kansas after interruption of his studies to serve in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Jim was married to Sylvia Ann Meyer August 25, 1951 at St. Augustine's Church, Fidelity, 7 miles south of Sabetha, KS. Jim spent 40 years in the professional practice of Engineering with Black & Veatch where he became a General Partner. He was the first Division Manager of the firm's Industrial Division and managed many unique projects that expanded the scope of the firm's practice. He has been retired since 1991. He was licensed to practice his profession in 25 states and was a member of ASME, ASHRAE, NSPE and the Engineers Club of Kansas City. At retirement he received honorary life membership from the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners in recognition of his 9 years service on their Board of Directors. Since moving to Prairie Village, KS in 1957 Jim has been a faithful parishioner of St. Ann's Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Serra Club and the Knights of Columbus. He belonged to the Leawood South Country Club, the St. Joseph Health Center Foundation and was a KC Chiefs Red Coater. Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Sylvia A. Ross, parents Louis and Ardath Ross, three sisters, Mary June Ross, Kathleen Keplinger and Pat Manyak and his brother John Ross. He is survived by four children Dennis Ross (Lauren), Michael Ross (Cindi), Maureen Billam (Tom), and Timothy Ross; six grandchildren, Stella Ross (fiance' George Kivork), Suzanne Billam (fiance' Brandon Olney), Madeline Ross, Evan Ross, Andrew Billam, Hannah Ross; one great grandson, Joseph Billam. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Ann's Church Endowment Fund or Kansas City Hospice House.


Ann Robins August 27, 2012

neice Bloomington , Indiana

Dear Dennis, Michael, Maureen, and Timothy and families, What a wonderful man your father was! Not all children have such a good companion with humor, judgment, intellect, and compassion. He was such a good husband for your mother, holding the door for her until the end. They were the perfect couple. You will always have happy memories of your parents to cherish. I send you my helpless love. Ann Robins

Diane Mahan August 28, 2012

Niece Kansas City , MO

My thoughts and prayers are with you until I can be there myself to comfort in person. Your parents were always the best to me and I will miss them greatly...love cousin Diane

David Ross August 28, 2012

Nephew L.C. , Tenn.

What a wonderful man. Always positive always sporting a friendly smile . A great honor to call him family. I know in my heart he is in heaven. Hope to see him there one day.

Beth Pramme August 29, 2012

Family friend Racine , Wisconsin

Tim, Stella & Maddie: I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts, and I am sending you hugs from Wisconsin.

Dorothy Henry August 30, 2012

Cousin Bancroft , KS

We offer our condolences, however we are unable to attend the funeral. We had some nice times with your grandparents, however not enough. Dorothy A. Henry (My mom) & your Grandpa were half brother & sister. Don (my husband) passed away 3 months ago and I miss him dearly. Sincerely