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Marvin E. “Tobe” Ross, 83, Ottawa, Kan., died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Cremation is planned. Memorial services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Family will meet with friends to pay their respects to Mr. Ross 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Inurnment is planned for Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

He was born Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1930, near Fontana, Kan., the son of Walter and Marilla (Carpenter) Ross.

Tobe lived in Ottawa since 1961, moving from Pleasanton, Kan.

He graduated from Parker High School, Parker, Kan., with the class of 1947 and attended the University of Kansas.

Tobe was united in marriage with Darlene Johnston June 6, 1956, in Garnett, Kan. She survives of the home.

He worked for the Kansas City Power & Light as a lineman/tree trimmer for 31 years before retiring in 1985.

Tobe’s favorite activities always centered on his family and grandchildren who meant the world to him. He enjoyed nature and fishing, and was a musician all his life. He was a band leader for Country Gentleman Dance Band and played the guitar and sang.

Tobe served in the U.S. Army as a radio technician during the Korean War from April 1951 to April 1953. His decorations and citations included Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal and two overseas bars.

He was a member of the First Christian Church; Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post No. 5901, where he served as former commander and chaplin for many years; Aerie Lodge No. 2700, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Ottawa; Ottawa Lodge No. 803, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and IBEW, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Kansas City, Mo.

Survivors also include his daughter, Sharon Ross and Carl Braxton, Los Angeles; sons, Allen Ross and wife, Karen, Ottawa, and John Ross and Cheri Bowden, Ottawa; four grandchildren, Nathanael, Shane, Jaclyn and Travis Ross; and brother, Kenneth Ross and wife, Gerry, Parker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Marilla Ross; brothers, Richard, Wilfred, Dennis and Ivan Ross; and sisters, Dorothy Gillespie and Doris Ross.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Franklin County Cancer Foundation, VFW Ladies Auxiliary 5901 or First Christian Church through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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