PORTERFIELD, Wis. - William Francis Ross, 62, of Porterfield, Wis., passed away at Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Bill was a graduate of Menominee High School where he excelled in football and basketball. He attended Northern Michigan University, Colonel Sanders Institute for Leadership and Franchise Development and he also became a licensed certified Real Estate Agent/Broker.
Bill was instrumental in building franchise food establishments, as well as serving as director/manager for area restaurants and St. Francis Hospital.
William Francis Ross
He was a founding partner of Premier Real Estate. He served the Upper Peninsula Realtors Association as a continuing education trainer and instructor. Bill concluded his career as a Lead Officer in the Security Department for the Island Resort and Casino.
As a devoted father, he was actively engaged as a coach and mentor for the team and individual sports his children pursued. Both father and mother introduced their children to the wonders and joy of the great outdoors.
Survivors include his son, Michael Ross of Green Bay, Wis.; daughter, Danielle (Ryan) Frappier of VanDyne, Wis.; his ex-wife, Lindy Ross of Escanaba; two brothers, Daniel (Barbara) Ross of Escanaba and Richard (Carol) Ross of Ishpeming; numerous cousins and his aunt, Helen Dulak LeBouf. He is also survived by his very special neighbors and friends, Mel and Elain Luetkens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Myron Ross and Mary Agnes (Dulak) Ross.
Bill will be remembered in many ways. As a son he held a very strong bond with his parents. As a husband and father, he taught by example how to love and nurture. The title of Dad or Daddy reflected the affection of his family. As a brother, Bill embraced every second of every opportunity to be all that he could be. There was never a second when one had to question how strong-willed he could be. Only through Bill could one appreciate Frank Sinatra's song "My Way." Whether in the field, on the water, in the kitchen or just putzing around, his compass was to be followed. To be a friend of Bill's, you discovered it was a lifelong bond. He helped his friends to be more than they ever thought one could be.
With all of that said we recognize Bill as a man of passion, strong beliefs and commitment. If he didn't know the way or how, he discovered and learned. His culinary talents will be best remembered for his tailgating at Lambeau Field or at family reunions. His love for the Packers is unparalled. As an avid sportsman, he channeled his commitment to conservation as a member of Wildlife Unlimited. He served as its banquet chairman for many years.
Most of all, Bill will be remembered as a God-loving man whose life gave meaning to human personality and dignity.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. EDT at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. EDT at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Ross family with arrangements.