FRANCISCO — Oscar E. (Shady) Ross 81, of Francisco, went home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 27, 2017.

Shady, as he was known by many, was born Dec. 11, 1935 to Oscar and Ona (Burton) Ross. He and his “Baby Doll” Margaret (Hamilton) Ross married on June 6, 1958. She survives.

They had daughters Debra (Dale) Ludwig of Rockport, Sondra (Bruce) Haines of Oakland City and son Oscar "Bo" (Jessica) Ross of Haubstadt; grandchildren Melanie Lemeron, Darian Ross, Shelley and Kelley Ludwig, Kirsten Ross and Nolan Ross; great grandchildren Katelyn, Taylor and Jeffery Lemeron.

Shady is survived by a brother Bill (Rosie) Ross of Oakland City, sisters Mary Miller of Sebring, Florida and Shirley(Jake) Woolsey of Darmstadt.

Shady was preceded in death by his parents, bother Frank Ross and sisters Dean Thomson and Snofa Hanes.

Shady served in the Army and National Guard. He was deployed to Germany, where he served with Elvis Presley. After his military service, he returned to Francisco and was a farmer until his retirement on Jan. 1, 2004. Shady served as a deacon at Francisco General Baptist Church since Feb. 22,1998 and as a trustee for several years prior. Shady also served on the East Gibson school board and worked hard to ensure the rebuilding of the Francisco Elementary School.

Shady loved playing basketball, fishing and spending time at their cabin and on their pontoon at Lake Barkley.

Service is at 11 a.m. Saturday Dec. 2, 2017 at Francisco General Baptist Church, with Rev. Katheryn Webb officiating. Burial with military honors follows in Francisco Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Lamb-Basham Memorial Chapel and from 9:30 a.m. until services Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Shady to the Francisco General Baptist Church. Family would like to thank the special caregivers, Hannah Whitehead, Kenzie Sullivan, Trisha Goodwin.

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