Dec. 2, 1922 - July 8, 2014
Duncan Adam Ross, age 91, of Bend, died following a short illness on July 8, 2014. He died at his home under Hospice care and surrounded by his family.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 2, 1922, to Adam and Margaret Ross. He grew up in the Detroit area and eventually worked as a draughtsman until he enlisted in the Navy in 1942. During WWII, he served as a meteorologist on the Alaskan island of Attu.
After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Detroit where he married Marilyn Coe. He entered the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in Mechanical-Industrial Engineering in 1948. Duncan and Marilyn lived briefly in Bend, Oregon before settling in Greenville, Michigan to raise their family. Duncan was employed at R. J. Tower Ironworks, a major supplier of Ford Motor Co., for 27 years. Duncan and Marilyn returned to Bend in their retirement in 1983.
During his time in Greenville, Duncan served on the Board of Education, was a member of the Optimist Club, and mentored the Eagle Scouts of Troop 130. During his retirement in Bend, he volunteered for over 10 years at the Lava Lands Visitors Center of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. He also worked with children for 14 years in the Adapted Aquatics program at Bends Juniper Swim and Fitness Center.
Duncan was an outdoors enthusiast, and his children and grandchildren never lacked for hiking boots, walking sticks, bicycles, skates, skis, all kinds of boats and, for a short time, horses. He was a serious student of astronomy, meteorology and geology, and he carried Swiss army knives, rock picks, pocket magnifying glasses, compasses and identification books. He loved to travel. He always held the map, and he always set the pace, but he took us with him, and we are grateful to have shared his life.
Duncan was preceded in death by Marilyn, his wife of 67 years, in 2013.
He is survived by his daughters and their families, Janet and Mark Cook of Holland, Michigan and their children, Anna (Hanna) Clutterbuck-Cook, Brian (Renee) Cook, and Maggie Cook, Bonnie Ross and Robert Crockett of Corte Madera, California and their son, Daniel Ross.
At Duncans request, there will be no memorial service. The family asks that donations be made to Bend Parks and Recreation Foundation / Therapeutic Recreation Program, PO Box 1212, Bend, OR 97709.