Eugene Henry "Gene" Ross, 86, of Brookings, was taken from us Oct. 5, 2012, en route to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City.
He was born Sept. 29, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minn., one of seven children.
He attended school in North Dakota until his sophomore year.
Gene, also known as "Little Ace" to his friends, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941, at age 18. He served four years as a pharmacist's mate before he was honorably discharged. Gene married Dolores M. Frink Aug. 30, 1947, in San Mateo, Calif.
He pursued a career with the U.S. Border Patrol. During his two years with the border patrol, the couple moved from place to place. He then became a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), worked as a surveyor, and moved to Mountain View, Calif.
Gene enjoyed get-togethers with family and friends, and camping, boating and fishing andndash; lots of fishing. Over the years he and his family made many camping and fishing trips to Weatherbee Lake at Manteca, Calif. They enjoyed it so much they decided to move there in 1969. Once there Gene continued his passion for fishing.
In 1981, after 35 years of service, he retired from the IUOE. In the years following, Gene and Dolores went on many camping and fishing trips, discovered Brookings, and moved here in 1992. Gene was able to continue his favorite pastime: fishing. In 2010, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and later with Alzheimer's.
He is survived by Dolores M. Ross, his wife of 65 years, of Brookings; daughters Kathryn Meza of Brookings, Jackie Ross of Modesto, Calif., and Patricia "Shorty" Ross of Brookings; grandchildren Rodney Galindo, Shane Ross, both of Modesto, Cindy Wooley of Texas, and Samantha Archer of Manteca; great-grandchildren Jonathan and Justin Wooley of Texas, James and Dale Cooper of Manteca, Kody Ross of Modesto, Savannah McBroom of Manteca, and Bree Charbeneaux of Stockton; great-great-grandchild Julian Jiminez of Stockton; sister Kathleen Clark of Virginia; and brother Russell Hartland of Minneapolis. Also surviving are many close friends. He will be dearly missed, and will never be forgotten by all who knew him.
A memorial gathering for family and friends will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, at Circle Lake, in Manteca. A fish fry will immediately follow.
The family extends their gratitude to the staff at Ocean Park Memory Care Community of Brookings for their care.
by the family.