Walter Thomas Ross Jr.


Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2006

Former Kenai resident Walter Thomas Ross Jr. died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, in Lockney, Texas. He was 84.

Services were held Friday, Sept. 15, at Crowell Cemetery in Crowell, Texas.

Mr. Ross was born Jan. 21, 1922, in Margaret, Texas, the son of the late Walter Thomas Ross Sr. and Jimmie Reinhardt Ross. He was a graduate of Willow High School in Willow, Okla. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the 726 MP Battalion, where he served in the European Theater, France and Okinawa, Japan. After returning home, he began farming in Olton, Texas and married Janiece Wilkerson; she preceded him in death. On Sept. 8, 1956, he married Aleda Paschal of Nashville, Tenn. In 1960, they moved to Kenai to homestead, where he owned and operated a retail grocery business.

In 1969, they moved to Flomot, Texas, to farm and ranch. He served on the Olton, Texas Coop Gin Board, Flomot, Texas and Matador, Texas school boards, and was active in senior citizens organizations.

Mr. Ross was preceded in death by his first wife, Janiece Wilkerson; sisters, Dorothy Carson and Elizabeth Andestad; and brother, James Ross.

He is survived by his wife, Aleda Ross of Flomot; daughters, Elisa Wigley of Lubbock, Texas, and Jan Whitener of Georgetown, Va.; son, Tommy Ross of Castroville, Texas; six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements were made by Womack-Manard Funeral Home in Crowell.

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