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.