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Remembering Larry Ross of Kansas

Updated on April 18, 2015
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I'm carrying on my mother's research into our family history. I've self-published some family memoirs & learned a lot about different eras.

Family and Friends Share Memories of Larry Junior Ross

On June 10, 2011, Larry Ross died after battling colon cancer. He had been my brother-in-law for forty years and was a pretty special guy. Friends and family started posting their regrets and memories via Facebook and by emails. Knowing how transient those postings and messages are, I wanted to save them long-term for Larry's friends, family and co-workers to read later.

This page is a tribute to Larry Junior Ross of Towanda, Kansas. He recently retired from the Frontier Refinery in El Dorado, KS.

Photo of Larry Ross taken by Virginia Allain

Condolences from His Friends - Memories of Larry Junior Ross

  • Cindy, I am so sorry that you lost your dearest friend. Although I didn't know Larry well, every time I saw him he was so pleasant welcoming and fun to talk to. I know there are not words to say to help you feel better but I hope you find comfort soon in celebrating the years that you had with him here on earth. All our hopes to you for peace. C.T.

  • Today Dennis and I said good by to one of our closest, dearest friends. It is hard when you lose someone close to you. We know that one day we will see him again. So till then, good-bye Larry, and remember we love you. - Pat Perry

  • It is difficult to say good-bye to someone you love. It is wonderful to say see you later, because you know where they are going. See you later Larry! - Kerensa Davis Bennett

  • Larry was a lot of fun, and I will never forget his smile. Never forget his time ump-ing Leah's ball game. Never forget him coming to church even when he was worn out from his illness and a K-state football game the day before...yet he was still at church that Sunday. - Pastor Jerry

Everyone Loved Larry


Memories and Tributes of Larry by Cindy's Family

  • Children shouldn't have to go to Heaven before their parents but remember that Shannon was at the gates to meet Larry. They left us many wonderful memories to help us through the years. Mom and Dad

  • Larry did a lot to help me out. I owe him heaps of gratitude! I am sure going to miss him too. Samantha Joy Hyle-Noble

Carol Jean Garriott's Tribute to Larry Ross

CJ is Cindy's aunt

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." ~From a headstone in Ireland

Like all the rest of you, I loved Larry like the brother I never had. It's so not fair for us to lose him so soon. But, life often seems not fair to us. What I do know is that Larry is no longer in pain; and he won't want us to cry too much. But of course we will.

He always went out of his way to make time for me when I could visit in KS; always up for whatever project anyone needed help with.

I cling to what I believe: God will give us the strength to carry on. I pray for His love, peace, strength, and guidance to be with you, Cindy, in this terribly hard time.

Much love to all of you,


Dennis Allain says

"Such a tragic loss for everyone. Larry was a wonderful person who has been taken from us at far too young an age. We will miss him dearly."


Larry Loved to Umpire All Kinds of Sports

Baseball, softball, football, basketball... Larry loved officiating at all of these sports.

He had many good stories to tell about mishaps and confrontations at games. Some umpires get caught up in the ego part of being an umpire. Not Larry, he wanted to make sure each game was fair according to the rules.

Sometimes fans didn't know all the nuances of a rule and would dispute him, but Larry knew the rule book forward and backwards.

Graphic courtesy of Zazzle: Referee T-shirts and Gifts. Stickers by leigh10970

Larry Ross with Wife, Cindy and Daughters, Kristy and Nikki

Larry Ross, Cindy, Nikki, Kristy
Larry Ross, Cindy, Nikki, Kristy | Source

Kristy now teaches school and Nikki is a nursing home administrator.

Places Larry Ross Lived Over the Years

  1. Harmon, Oklahoma
  2. Wichita (Plainview), Kansas
  3. Towanda, Kansas
  4. Manhattan, Kansas
  5. Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  6. Danville, Illinois
  7. LaPlace, Louisiana
  8. Andover, Kansas
  9. Towanda Kansas

Larry Worked for Texaco for Many Years - And Later for Frontier Oil

He had quite a few of the Texaco collectible trucks. They were proudly displayed on shelves in the family room.

Larry Wearing His Texaco Hat


Larry Was a Reader

He collected vintage copies of Edgar Rice Burroughs' books (Tarzan). Both he and his wife were avid readers.

Thank you for your love & concern. We miss him dearly. Hugs from Cindy, Kristy, Bill, Nikki, Harley

Photo Gallery - Larry Ross over the Years

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Larry and Cindy Ross at his retirement party in May 2011.Larry enjoyed campingLarry, Cindy and their daughter, KristyLarry studying in collegeProud new dadCindy and Larry, October 2010Cindy and Larry after her high school graduation
Larry and Cindy Ross at his retirement party in May 2011.
Larry and Cindy Ross at his retirement party in May 2011.
Larry enjoyed camping
Larry enjoyed camping
Larry, Cindy and their daughter, Kristy
Larry, Cindy and their daughter, Kristy
Larry studying in college
Larry studying in college
Proud new dad
Proud new dad
Cindy and Larry, October 2010
Cindy and Larry, October 2010
Cindy and Larry after her high school graduation
Cindy and Larry after her high school graduation

Cindy Published a New Book of Poems

It's dedicated to Larry

Preview part of the book here. It is available for purchase online or you can buy a copy at the Kansas Oil Museum or at the Eureka Historical Society.

Prairie Woman Poems
Prairie Woman Poems | Source

Click This Link to Preview Her Book

If You Would Like to Make a Donation in Larry's Name... - Here are the organizations chosen by the family

Memorial donations may be made to

Butler County Extension Office co 4H Fair Board 206 N. Griffith, El Dorado, KS 67042-2039;

Andover Optimists c/o Ralph Rust 213 Alison, Andover, KS 67002;

Faith Baptist Church 417 W. Central, Andover, KS 67002

Larry dedicated many hours supporting the Optimist Club in all the projects like their scholarship fund and also served as president and other offices.

© 2011 Virginia Allain

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    • SusannaDuffy profile image

      Susanna Duffy 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      A beautiful tribute

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      7 years ago

      No, I didn't, but I can see that he was greatly loved and will be missed by many. My condolences to his family and friends.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Thank you, Linnette, for sharing this about you and your friendship with Larry's daughter, Kristy.

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      7 years ago

      I remember the day he had you packed up to leave. It broke my heart to watch and see. He was taking you to bigger and better things. The bed of the truck was more like a playground to keep you occupied. A long journey ahead but forever friends it was you and I. I pass by the house and it still looks pretty much the same, I tell my husband there lived one of my very,very first friends. I was five and you was about four. Maybe I was six and you was five....but each of us have managed to live and never forget the young times. I found a picture of you and I, it was my birthday and you sat by my side. I sit with you now as this is sure a very difficult time,physically can not be there but I will in my mind.


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