Kenneth Ross of Dublin, Georgia died at home on October 11, 2013 after a long illness and from complications of Parkinsons Disease. He and Anne, his wife of fifty-nine years moved to Dublin in 1978 when Ken joined the start-up team of Southeast Paper Company. Ken retired from Southeast in 1991 as Operations Manager.
In his retirement Ken served as president of the Laurens County chapter of the American Cancer Society (1992-1994). During his tenure at the cancer society he was a member of the inaugural committee of Relay for Life, and was an active participant in the Road to Recovery Program. He delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and was a volunteer for the Laubach Literary Program. Ken was also among the original volunteers, and later a board member of, Hospice of Laurens County.
A life-long Presbyterian, Ken was a devoted member of Henry Memorial Presbyterian Church where he was an elder, Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, and treasurer of the church. He also attended the Savannah Presbytery School of the Laity.
Kenneth Rodee Ross, born September 21, 1929 in Ogdensburg, New York was the son of Grace Rodee Ross and Alexander Murray Ross of Newton Falls, New York. He graduated from the Newton Falls Union School where he was active in sports and the valedictorian of his class. Ken attended Cornell University, graduating in 1952 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
From his early days in the North Country, and throughout his life, Ken retained a love for the Adirondack woods and outdoor activities: hiking, skiing, hunting, and fishing.
Immediately after graduating from college Ken began his career in the paper industry in Savannah, Georgia at Union Camp. After a two-year stint in the army he returned to Newton Falls in 1957 and worked for the Newton Falls Paper Mill until 1976. He spent two years in New Jersey working for the Garden State Paper Mill before moving to Dublin, Georgia in 1978 to work for Southeast Paper Company. Ken was also a long-time member of TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) and served as the chairman of the Empire State Northern Division (1974-1975).
Ken was married to Anne Elizabeth Bradley on September 11, 1954 in St. James Church in Marietta. He is survived by his wife, Anne, of Dublin; his four children: Alix Ross (Ted Kastner) of Montclair, New Jersey, Anne Meigs Ross (Barbara Miesch) of Valley Cottage, New York, Lyman Bradley Ross (Genevieve Melle) of Essex Junction, Vermont, and Beth Ross of La Honda, California; eight grandchildren: Anna, Jake and Mary Kastner, Jonathan and Samuel Miesch, Charlotte and Hugues Ross, and Siena McMahon; and his brother Don Ross (Mary Ellen) of Fulton, New York.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Henry Memorial Presbyterian Church. The family will greet friends before the service, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., in the church. Burial will be at Brick Chapel in Canton, New York.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Henry Memorial Church or to Hospice of Laurens County.