Ross Dennis Farnsworth, 82, died quietly Monday evening, Oct. 14, 1991, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born March 29, 1909, in Rexburg, Idaho, the firstborn and only son of Samuel Dennis and Elizabeth Regenia Watson Farnsworth. He married Dorothy Eunice Riebling, Dec. 9, 1929, in St. Louis, Missouri; she passed away August 24, 1969. On January 1, 1973, he married Evelyn Pollard Collins.Ross spent his early years in Ashton and St. Anthony, Idaho. During the depression, he
followed the aircraft business from St. Louis to Detroit, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Finally he was able to return west to Santa Monica and Douglas Aircraft. In 1945, Ross moved his family to Boise, Idaho where he purchased the Colonial Motel.
In 1948, Ross moved to Longmont, Colorado where he became co-owner of the St. Vrain Mill & Elevator. In 1956 he was hired by Cargill, Inc. to run the cattle and feed operations out of Denver. During his time in Denver, Ross served as president of the Colorado Grain and Feed Association. After retiring from Cargill, at the age of 65, Ross moved with his wife, Evelyn, to Ogden, Utah were he accepted a position as grain trader for Evans Grain and Elevator. He retired from Evans Grain at the age of 80.
Ross was a graduate of Parks College (now St. Louis University) and attended the University of Pennsylvania. Ross had a penetrating a curious mind and was an avid reader. He loved gardening, classical music and was an excellent cook. He also enjoyed traveling and exploring "out of the way places". Ross had a keen interest in gemstones, geology and in fly fishing.
Ross was a member of the LDS Church. His forefathers settled the Beaver-Joseph area
before 1845 (Philo Taylor Farnsworth, Agnes
Ross was a dear and wonderful husband and a loyal and true friend. He was a firm but loving father and grandfather who found a new and unexpected joy in his grandchildren.
We shall all miss him.
Ross is survived by his wife, Evelyn, Ogden; two sons and a daughter, Michael D. Farnsworth (Sharon), Longmont, Colorado; Craig R.
Farnsworth (Shirley) Aurora, Colorado; Karen M. Downs (Bill), Albuquerque, New Mexico; one stepson, Paul S. Collins (Tish), Seattle, Wash.; one stepdaughter, Jennifer L. Morrison (Craig), Sandy; five sisters, Helen Ovard (Ben), Draper; Mildred McArthur, Pocatello, Idaho; Patricia Bean (Max), Anchorage, Alaska; Margaret McIntosh, Pocatello, Idaho; Alice Hennessey (Ken), Pocatello, Idaho. His sixth sister, Rebecca Goulding of St. Anthony, Idaho preceded him in death in May 1991. In addition to many loyal friends and beloved nieces and nephews, Ross left 17 grandchildren.
The personal strength and love of our entire blended family was there for Ross when it was most needed. It was his hope that he be remembered as he was before the disease damaged his thought processes and made life so difficult for him, and it was his greatest wish that the
entire family remain united-both in love and in purpose.
At his request, his body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd., Ogden, October 26, 1911, 11 a.m. Friends may greet family one hour before the service.
Interment: St. Anthony, Idaho Cemetery.
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