Donald Eugene Ross, 78, of Birch Tree, Missouri died May 10, 2014 at Mountain View Healthcare, Mountain View, Missouri. He was born December 29, 1935 in Napa, Idaho, the son of Wilbur Marion and Garnett Marie (Bassie) Ross.
Visitation will be Wednesday May 14 from 1-2 PM at Yarber Mortuary. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 14 at 2 PM at Yarber Mortuary, with Interment at Veterans Cemetery in Mountain View.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Pat, of the home in Birch Tree; three brothers, Ray Ross and wife, Kay, of Browns Valley, CA, Clifford Ross and wife, Lonie, of West Plains, MO, and Gary Ross and wife, Vicky, of Springfield, MO; one sister, Frances McClellan of Calistoga, CA; two brothers-in-law, Dennis Tune and wife, Gerry, of Kansas City, MO and David Tune and wife, Diana, of Birch Tree; two sisters-in-law, Paula Bendure and husband, Rick, of Kansas City, MO and Pamela Syprett and husband, Will, of Arkansas; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Don served his country as a member of the United State Army Special Forces/Green Beret, as a member of the 82nd Airborne. He served one tour in the Korean War and three tours during the Vietnam War earning many prestigious honors: National Defense Service Medal, Senior Parachute Badge, Master Parachute Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachute Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Air Medal, Air Medal w/V Device, Army Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Commendation Medal 1st OLC, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Army Commendation Medal 2d OLC, Good Conduct Medal 1st-5th awards.
After retiring from military service, Don was a real estate broker in Mountain View for several years. He continued to faithfully serve with the Mountain View V.F.W. Post 3009 in many capacities, including overseeing the Veterans Cemetery until his health declined.