Military veteran

Kenneth Bartley Ross, 93, of Springfield, went to be with his Lord on Oct. 29, 2011. He was born Sept. 3, 1918, in Ellis Prairie, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; and six siblings. He is survived by two children, Kennie Goff and husband, Sam, and Karlyn Holder, all of Springfield; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Kenneth served in the Army for three years, was elected County Clerk of Texas County four terms and served as Mayor. After serving in office, he pursued a career in real estate and eventually became a property negotiator for the Missouri Highway Department. Kenneth finally entered into retirement from the Missouri Highway Department at age 65. He was also a 50-year mason of Texas Lodge #177 in Houston, Mo.

He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Springfield, Mo., for 11 years. Prior to, he was a member of First Baptist Church, Houston, Mo., for 60 years. He never met a stranger and adored his family.

Kenneth enjoyed playing golf, dominoes and bingo. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend of many. His caring spirit will always be remembered.

Visitation was 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Greenlawn Funeral Home South in Springfield with the funeral service following at 10 a.m. Graveside service and burial will be 2 p.m. in Pine Lawn Cemetery in Houston, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ozarks Honor Flight, P.O. Box 3500, Springfield, Mo., 65808 or online at

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