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Harold Grant Ross

Harold Grant Ross Harold Grant Ross of Manhattan passed away peacefully on April 29, 2018, in Ocala, Florida.

Born June 23, 1929, the son of Herbert Thomas and Martha Pearl Ross in Wakefield, KS, at the home of his grandparents, Jim and Levina Brannick.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy (Oller) Ross, his children David (Brenda) Ross, Richard (Letty) Ross, Marcia Woolsey, Susan (David) Burton, Jason Oller, brother William Don Ross, sister-in-law Martha Ross, 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Earl, Arthur, and James and previous wives Alice (Duncan) and Vivian (LeValley).

Harold grew up on family farmsteads located on Clarks Creek and near Grandview Plaza, where he attended Grandview School. The family moved to Manhattan where he attended Oak Grove School and sixth grade at Woodrow Wilson, Manhattan High Schools and Kansas State University, taking courses in civil engineering.

In 1948 Harold went to work for the Manhattan City Engineers Office, then promoted to City Building Inspector until 1959 when he took a job with Bayer Construction Company as an estimator and engineer.

In 1963 Harold joined with Bill Michel to form the Ross and Michel Construction Company, doing heavy construction, building roads, site grading and utility work. In 1978 they formed the Ross and Michel Development Company building the Crestwood Apartment complex, Day Care Center and Business Rental.

Harold was a past member of the Kansas State McCain Board and the Kansas Building Inspectors Association. He was a member of the Kansas State Alumni Association, First Presbyterian Church, Western Writers of America, The Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 2468 and Men’s Auxiliary of The V.F.W. Post 1786.

Harold enjoyed history, especially the civil war, hiking in Colorado and morel mushroom hunting with his family. He cherished conversations with his best friend Dr. George Bascom about poetry, the civil war and astronomy. George at times would read some of his latest musings and it instilled in him the writers bug. In 2001 Harold published his first historical fiction novel “Brannick” and in 2013 he finished his tenth novel “Golden Crossroads”. In 2010 he published his poetry book, “Far Echoes”.

His wishes were cremation with a private family graveside service. Memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church 801 Leavenworth St. Manhattan, KS 66502, The Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund 2121 Meadowlark Rd. Manhattan, KS 66502, The Flint Hills Breadbasket 905 Yuma St. Manhattan, KS 66502.

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Kansas Dust

I came from roots of Kansas dust
In God is where I put my trust
I’ve kept the Faith, put on its gown
In the country and in the town

I cannot fathom such worldly hate
I have seen grow and circulate
It must be from some foreign dust
That surely lost its love and trust

I hear far echoes down the years
My revelation in God we trust
The day an Angel took my fears
Of going back to Kansas dust

Harold G. Ross

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