Arnold Fredrick Ross

Arnold Fredrick Ross
Arnold Fredrick Ross

Arnold Fredrick Ross, 89, of Platteville, died on Friday, December 26, 2014 at Manor Care, Platteville. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the Community Evangelical Free Church, Platteville. Pastor Eric Erickson will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville. Friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday at the church or from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the church. Online condolences can be made at www.melbyfh.com The Melby Funeral Home and Crematory, Platteville, is serving the family.

Arnold was born on June 5, 1925 in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Magnus and Alma (Fredrickson) Ross. He was united in marriage to Janet Jones on June 4, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio. Arnold graduated from East High School in Madison, in 1942. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois in 1951, and his Master of Science in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1963. For several years after graduating from Wheaton College, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana. He taught in Frenchburg, Kentucky, from 1954 – 1956. After his marriage to Janet, he moved to Platteville, where he taught in the public school from 1956 -1990. Arnold was an active member of Westview Methodist Church and the Community Evangelical Free Church, both of Platteville. He was a volunteer at Timerlee Christian Center in outdoor education for many years, where the Science Education Center deck is named in his honor. Arnold was an avid reader.

He is survived by his three children, Margaret (Douglas) Grenawalt of Chicago, IL; Jane (Christopher) Barnett of Dubuque, IA; Leonard Ross of Platteville; two grandchildren, Nathan Grenawalt of Janesville, WI; Allison Barnett of Dubuque; one brother, Donald (Karen) Ross of Madison; sister-in-law, Margaret Jones of Platteville; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Janet on May 10, 2008, brother, Robert, and niece, Barbara Ross.

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