Obituary: Ross, Sherwood "Grandpa Ross"
- Grandpa Ross passed away peacefully on August 2, 2008, at the age of 87. He was born on October 15, 1920, in Temple, Texas. He was a resident of Eureka, California. He was a U.S. Naval Veteran of World War II. He was recognized as a 50+ member of the Carpenters Union.
Sherwood Ross was born in Texas and joined the U.S. Navy when he was 18 years old. He remained in the Navy until he was Honorably Discharged after 12+ years of service. His service included being part of the crew of the USS Lexington aircraft carrier that went down in the Battle of the Corral Sea in May 1942. It was the first of six battles between opposing carriers in the Battle of the Pacific. One of his proudest moments serving in the U.S. Navy was being invited to be on the USS Missouri when General MacArthur accepted the formal surrender of Japan in September 1945.
He worked for many years in San Francisco as a carpenter. He helped construct many of the buildings that are part of the San Francisco skyline. When he wasnt working he was either fishing on his boat Lana on the San Francisco Bay or at Kepel on the Yurok Reservation. When he retired, he and grandma moved to Kepel full-time. He enjoyed working on the house, fishing, hunting, and working in his garden. Weather and health issues made it necessary to reside in Hoopa, CA. Many people may remember his red station wagon going back and forth on the bridge with a long line of cars behind it. He later moved to Eureka to reside with his granddaughter Allyson. His battle with Alzheimers made it necessary for him to be under constant care which he received at the Granada Healthcare Facility.
Grandpa Ross is survived by his dog, Elvis; his step-daughter, Marilyn McCovey and husband Allen; brothers-in-law, Ray Bewley and Ed Koch Sr.; sisters-in-law, Brownie Koch, Jane Toeller and Ginger Ross; grandchildren, Lana McCovey, Kathy Kats McCovey, Allyson McCovey, Rodney Rowds Robbins and wife Verla, John E. John-John Robbins Jr., Ronnie Robbins and wife Phyllis, Richard Robbins Theresia Erickson, Frank Erickson Jr. and wife Michelle, George Punkin Robbins III and wife Margo, Lance Tyke Robbins and wife Minnie, Jeannette Robbins, Maria Robbins, Faron Robbins, Erica Robbins, Lynette Hicks and husband Cory, Valisha Dickey, Lydia Oogy Robbins, and Kepel Robbins; great grandchildren, Theresia, Tannyce, Freedom, Sunshine, Patrick, Jade, Son Son, Merk, Chrissy, Rena, Star, Grizzly, Merci, Dolly, Aurelia, Cecelia, Brennan, Mardi, Rocky, Samantha, Julia, Brendan, Brett, Trace, Presley, Alex, Travis, Tristen, Georgiana, Theresia, Lucas, Myriah, and Stormy.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Theresia; parents, Denver and Clara Ross; brothers, Derwood, Joe and Jack Ross; sister, Audrey Bewley; step-sons, Frank Erickson Sr., John E. Rocky Robbins Sr., and George Dickie Robbins Jr.; and grandson, Robert Robbie Robbins.
Honorary bearers are Allen McCovey, Ed Koch Sr., Ed Koch Jr., Dicky Myers, Joe Benzinelli, Long Gone McCovey, John Davis, Kenny Lucas, Axel Erickson, Merv George Sr., Merv George Jr., Rowds Robbins, John Robbins Jr., Ronnie Robbins, George Robbins III, Tyke Robbins, Faron Robbins, and Kepel Robbins.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday August 7, 2008, at the American Legion Hall in Hoopa, CA, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following. Interment will follow at the Kepel Family Cemetery at a later time.
The Family would like to give a special thank you to Granada Healthcare for their special care and support.
Care is under the direction of Pauls Chapel, 1070 H Street, Arcata, California.
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