David G. Ross, a retired State of Illinois highway engineer, died July 25, 2012, at Wuesthoff Progressive Care Center in Viera, Fla., at the age of 77.
David was the son of the late Thomas J. and Margaret Ross, and was born in Dexter, Mo., on July 1, 1935. David graduated from Dexter High School in 1953, and joined the U.S. Army where he was on active duty from 1953-1955 as an artilleryman and later serving in the Army Reserves. David attended the University of Missouri Columbia, majoring in Engineering. While working for the Illinois Department of Transportation, David lived in Belleville and later made his home in Okawville, Ill.
David retired in 1991, and spent the next 21 years traveling the country and the world, spending about seven months of each year traveling. He especially loved his annual trips to Florida, Hilton Head, Palm Springs, and Australia to spend the winters where it was warm. David was loved by all who had the pleasure of hearing about his travels.
David is survived by his sister-in-law, Laura Nan Ross of Bloomfield, Mo.; seven nieces and nephews, Patty Marion of Mountain Home, Ark., Debbie Ross of Raytown, Mo., Peggy Milner of Eureka, Mo., Mark Ross of Suntree, Fla., Don Ross of Camdenton, Mo., Jill Hartzler of Kansas City, Mo., and Laura Lee Alvarez of Lee's Summit, Mo. David is also survived by numerous cousins, friends, neighbors, and former co-workers in Okawville, Ill., where he maintained his primary residence until his death.
David was preceeded in death by his parents, Thomas J. and Margaret Ross, as well as his brothers, Charles L. Ross and Don K. Ross.
It was David's wish that there be no memorial service for him.