Obituary for Oct. 21, 2013

By Baker City Herald October 21, 2013 12:45 pm

Ross Stull

The Dalles, 1925-2013

Ross Gilbert “Godfather” Stull, 87, of The Dalles, died Aug. 8, 2013, peacefully at home with his family.

There was a celebration of his life on Aug. 31 at the Eagles Lodge in The Dalles. Interment with military honors was  Saturday, Sept. 7, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. There was a  Celebration of Life service afterward at Baker City American Legion Hall.

Ross was born on Sept. 25, 1925, at Payette, Idaho, to Graff Javan and Jessie Lynn Ringer Stull. He served in the U.S. Navy, as a sonar operator on the USS Chickasaw in the South Pacific during World War II. 

He married Mary Lorane Spivey on Feb. 19, 1946. They had four daughters.

Ross worked many jobs in his life but his love of the railroad finally led him to Alaska where he retired on the Alaskan Railroad in 1986. He loved fishing and socializing and was always telling jokes. 

“We will forever miss that special smile and quick wit,” family members said.     

  Survivors include his daughters, Ann Gronwold and her husband, Ken, of Buckeye, Ariz., Ellen Lord of Dallesport, Wash., and Jessie Kochis and her husband, Leo, of The Dalles; grandchildren, James Jordan, and his wife Kim, Cindy Eder, Karla Perry and her husband, Carl, Greg Murphy, Michael Murphy and his wife, Liz, Mark Lord, MaryEllen Lord, Lee Kochis, and his wife, Becky, and Chris Kochis; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; daughter, Edna May Westby; son-in-law Marion “Bud” Lord; sisters, Iola Blodgette and Inez Cartwright; brothers, Blaine, Clifford and Max Stull; and great-great-granddaughter, Victoria Gassner. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospice of the Gorge, 1630 Woods Court, Hood River, OR 97031.