DatesJune 13, 1933 - January 27, 2015
Clyde “Buck” Melvin Ross was born June 13, 1933, near Alexandria, SD, to Claude and Vera (Seiders) Ross. In the spring of 1938, the family moved to a farm in northern Davison County near Loomis and Letcher, where Clyde attended the Comstock School. In March of 1943, the family moved to a farm twelve and a half miles south of Artesian near the Farwell Store in Ravenna Township where he completed the eighth grade. He graduated from Artesian High School in 1951, where he participated in football, basketball and track. He ran cross country and took 8th place at Hobo Days in Brookings in 1950. At the state track meet in 1951, he placed 6th in the half mile and mile runs. After graduation he helped on the family farm, worked for a short time at the Armour Creamery in Huron and then attended General Beadle State College in Madison. In May of 1953, he entered the US Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Germany, and was honorably discharged in April of 1955. He returned home to farm with his father. In the fall of 1957, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and his left leg was amputated at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. In 1958, he was elected Register of Deeds in Sanborn County and was re-elected in 1960. On October 21, 1961, he became Postmaster of the US Post Office in Artesian and his appointment papers were signed by President John F. Kennedy.
On June 2, 1963, he married Leona Plate in Huron. He retired from the US Post Office on December 1, 1989. He worked several summers at the Artesian Honey Producers and also flagged for road contractors. In the fall of 1990 Clyde started driving school bus for the Artesian-Letcher School and Sanborn Central School.
He was a member the American Legion, Jackson-Hall Post #47 for over 50 years serving as Adjutant for 20 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Artesian until transferring to First United Methodist Church in Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife Leona, five children: Debbie (Michael) Johnston of Huron; Donna (Lonny) Quiram of Huron; Dorene (Gordy) Smook of Libby, MT; David (Cindy) Ross of Sioux Falls, SD; Darin (Lynde) Ross of Aberdeen; 17 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, three brothers: Vern (Joanne) Ross of Watford City, ND; Glenn (Lois) Ross of Lochbuie, CO; Keith Ross of Artesian and one sister, Dorothy Learn of Saint Paul, MN. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis, a granddaughter, Allie Mae and his parents.
Friday, January 30, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota
Saturday, January 31, 2015
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota
CemeteryMount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota
entry posted by Bette Briggs Procknow on 02-11-2015
Went to school with Buck. Both at the country school across from Morgan's and again in Artesian. Was sorry to hear that he passed. He was a nice guy.
entry posted by Bruce Talley on 01-31-2015
My father, Dee Talley, worked with Buck for many years in the post office in Artesian (along with Jerry's father Howard). He was a great friend to my dad and our family. Every time I saw Buck when I was growing up, he greeted me with a big smile, a friendly handshake and questions about what I was doing. Later in life I saw him less often, but the greeting and interest was the same. I am very sorry to hear of his passing.
entry posted by Bob and Susan Thompson on 01-31-2015
The Ross family were our next door neighbors growing up in Artesian. I remember Clyde's smile and the sparkle he always had in his eyes. You're at the funeral as I write this - and we'll say a prayer. He will be missed.
entry posted by Liz Soladay, Mary Wipf on 01-30-2015
Clyde was a valued friend and respected postal colleague of our dad, Doc Soladay. We will always miss those folks and those times, lots of good people, some were real "characters". Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you in Clyde's family. We hold you in our prayers, may our Lord be your comfort and assurance. Liz Soladay, Mary (Soladay) Wipf
entry posted by Larry & Mary Ann Thompson on 01-30-2015
I was very fortunate to have grown up in Artesian living next door to the Ross family. You couldn't ask for better next-door neighbors. Clyde's smile and positive attitude are something I'll always remember. He will be missed. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Lee, their sons and daughters, and all of their family.
entry posted by Allen and Lynette Schmit on 01-30-2015
Growing up, I remember Clyde "Buck" as a very nice person. A person you can rely on. He will be greatly missed by many people. Our prayers are with Lee and the family.
entry posted by Lori Tonak on 01-30-2015
I always enjoyed visiting with Buck when I saw him at games over the years. He will be missed by many.
entry posted by Doug and Mona Zeeck on 01-29-2015
Clyde was a wonderful and inspirational man. I worked with him at the Artesian Honey Plant and was amazed at what he could do. He could outwork many a young person and always had a smile.
He will be missed by many.
entry posted by Bob & Barb Lager on 01-29-2015
Clyde was a very good athlete for Artesian Rams in High School. I had the pleasure of watching him play football & basketball, He was a friendly person and I always enjoyed visiting with him. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family in the loss of your loved one..
entry posted by Dorothy Weinberger on 01-29-2015
Clyde was a very good Pastmaster in Aretsian. The last time I visited with him was at the Mitchell clinic. I want to express my sympathey to his wife Lee.
entry posted by Harry Everhart on 01-29-2015
Clyde was a special friend, one of the first people in Artesian I got to know when Joyce and I moved to Artesian. He was postmaster so enjoyed visiting him when it was time to go to get the mail.
Many younger people who rode on his school bus probably do not know that he was a member of the Dakota State Track team when in college before losing his leg to cancer. He always loved sports. Amazingly he pitched horseshoes and belonged to the Mitchell League. Also he loved fishing, and could get down the bank of the Jim River to fish by the water.
HIs optimism and positive attitude and friendship will be truly be missed by many.
entry posted by Pam & Jerry Moore on 01-28-2015
You will be missed!! I will always remember you giving the coach at Hitchcock a hard time!!