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Earl C. Ross

Earl C. Ross Earl Clayton Ross, age 81, of Alma, died September 6, 2017, at his residence.

He was born February 28, 1936, in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Earl W. and Ethyl Nona (Scott) Ross.

On April 7, 1956, in Germany, he was married to Susanne Ochs.

Earl served in the United States Army as a Sergeant First Class for 20 years, retiring in 1973. He had received the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Certificate of Commendation and the Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp. Earl earned his GED while in the United States Army and attended college at Kansas State University.

Following his retirement he moved to Alma in 1975. He and Susanne farmed and built and operated the City Farmers Flea Market in an old chicken house in Alma and eventually expanded into the old Sears Department Store and later the JC Penney’s store in Manhattan. After 20 years of owning and operating the market, Earl and Susanne retired.

Earl enjoyed auctions, traveling, and tinkering in his shop, but the love of his life was his wife Susanne, and his grandchildren.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife Susanne on July 21, 2009, by his daughter Chris Leivan, and by two brothers Jim and Richard.

Survivors include three children: Barbie Shoemaker and her husband Curt of Manhattan, Clay Ross and his wife Debbie of Haysville, KS, and Les Ross of Missouri; two siblings: Betty Harrison and John Ross; seven grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 11:30 A.M. Tuesday, September 12th, at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley with Pastor Brian Smith officiating. Family and friends are invited to meet at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home to form a procession to the cemetery.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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