Obituary: Franklin Dow Ross
Franklin Dow Ross passed away peacefully and with dignity on Sunday morning, July 30, 2017, surrounded by many loved ones. He was a beloved husband, a respected and adored Dad, and a proud Popas. Also, a devoted brother, uncle, cousin, and dear friend to many.
Mr. Ross was born Feb. 13, 1938 in Dumas, Ark. to Glen and Ruby Joy Ross. As a child, he moved with his family between California and Arkansas several times, finally settling in Lindsay, Calif. By the age of 8 years old, he was plowing fields and driving trucks. His Father was killed in 1953, so at the ripe old age of 15, Mr. Ross purchased a truck and began hauling oranges, sugar beets, and tomatoes to support his Mom and four younger siblings.
On June 15, 1957, he married his true love, Sharon Sue Burnes of Exeter, and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Together they raised five children, Kelly Sue Rider, Kerry Lynn Greer (Bruce), Dow Franklin Ross, Kristy Luann McGill (Jon), Karin Joy Reynoso.
Mr. Ross was a tough, kind, old fashioned, admirable man, with a huge heart. With no apologies, he loved his God, his family, his country, and the propane business. His advice was given freely, and sometime even requested. His stories of the past are legendary and now more precious. He scolded us, and made us laugh. He shared all the moments of our lives, and we will miss him every day.
He was an entrepreneur, whose successes in business positively impacted the lives of those he served and those he worked with. He was also a philanthropist, who touched countless lives and his continuous gifts of time, energy, and financial support, which was mostly anonymously and always given with discretion. He led his family in their annual 47-year-old tradition of delivering Christmas gifts and stockings to hundreds in the rural areas, who would otherwise have gone without. He also led his family in prayer at our traditional family lunch every Sunday.
In addition to his children, Mr. Ross is survived by his grandchildren, whom he felt were his greatest treasures and assets: Justin Greer and wife Jessica, Thomas Rider and wife Milissa, Jesse Rider, Valerie Camp and husband Mike, Luis Alves and wife Carrie, Frankie Alves and wife Cassi, Alisha Cerda and husband Mike, Jonathan Phillips, Sharon Ross, Christopher Ross, Ellie Woods, Drew Reynoso, and Karsyn Reynoso.
His great grandchildren were his pride and joy. They are: Andrew, Nicholas, Jayson, Hud, Noah, Lily, Evann, Lucas, Kenny, Red, Bobby, and Saydee.
A Memorial Service is planned for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at the Exeter Memorial Building in Exeter. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Frank D. Ross Memorial Scholarship, c/o Central Valley Community Bank, 300 East Pine Street, Exeter, CA 93221