Ross Watson of Caledonia, Missouri was born at Frankclay, Missouri, September 17, 1921, the son of the late Louis and Louisa (Goad) Watson. He departed this life Monday, May 12, 2003, at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, having reached the age of eighty-one years, seven months and twenty-five days.
Ross was united in marriage to Marjorie â€œMargieâ€ Keeton on May 18, 1942, and to this union six children were born. Margie preceded her husband in death on April 9, 1995.
Two daughters, survive him; Mary Watson of St. Louis, Missouri and Ginny Szabo and husband Steve of Arcadia, Missouri; three sons, Robert â€œBobâ€ Watson and wife Jeanette of Springfield, Missouri; Johnny Watson and wife Doris of Caledonia and K. Richard Watson and wife Tammy of Irondale; daughter-in-law, Patricia Hannon of St. Louis, Missouri; sister, Eva Poucher of Salem, Missouri; sister-in-law, Alma Watson; fifteen grandchildren, Jeff Watson, Chris Kaufman and husband Chuck, Rachael Watson, Joshua Watson, Jonathan Watson, Tammy Heidland and husband Doug, Steven Ross Szabo, Ryan Carmack, Erin DeClue and husband Derek, Courtney Laramore and husband Chris, Chase Watson and fiancÃ© Misty Gallaher, Alexandra Watson, Grant Watson, Braeden Watson and Hunter Watson; thirteen great-grandchildren, Ashley Watson, Breanne Watson, Brandy Kaufman, Paula Kaufman, Gabrielle Kaufman, Austin Ross Heidland, Luke Heidland, Samuel Heidland, Ryan Carmack, II, Kaylon Carmack, Madeline Carmack, Skylar DeClue and Corben Keeton Laramore.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Charles Watson; two sisters, Madge Lawson and Ethel Kindlesparger and three brothers, Harold, Marvin and Orville Watson.
Ross served his country in the United States Army, beginning on November 12, 1942 and separated on November 12, 1945 in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. Ross was awarded two Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, five overseas bars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Victory Ribbon, and received an honorable discharge for his service to his country.
Ross loved woodworking and was a custom carpenter. He was employed by Boyer Lumber in Potosi for many years. Ross enjoyed fishing and relaxing on the sofa watching TV. He was a lifetime charter member of the Valley VFW Post #4212 and was Past Commander. Ross will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by family and many friends.
Visitation was held 5 to 9 P.M. Wednesday, May 14, 2003 and 8:30 to 11 A.M. Thursday, May 15, 2003 at the Moore Funeral Home, Potosi.
A funeral service was conducted at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 15, 2003 at the Moore Memorial Chapel, Potosi, with Rev. George Galovich officiating.
Burial was in the Caledonia Methodist Cemetery under the direction of Moore Funeral Home, Potosi. Serving as pallbearers were: Chase Watson, Steven Szabo, Ryan Carmack, Johnny Watson, Bob Watson, Richard Watson, and Jeff Watson.
Independent Journal, Potosi, MO, Thursday, May 22, 2003