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Obituary: Athol Daniel Ross

Athol Daniel Ross


Athol Daniel (Hap) Ross was born in Alunite, a small mining camp in southeastern Utah, to Lester T. Ross and Eudora Ellen Larsen, February 25, 1922. He passed away October 15, 2007, in Pleasant Grove, UT to be reunited with his sweetheart of 67 years.Hap was raised in Lehi, graduating from Lehi High School. His early friends and family members remember him as a hard worker on the three Bar Dairy, tough on the baseball field and enjoying the great outdoors to the fullest. When introduced to a petite gal from American Fork named Ferl Elma Hunter, it was love at first sight. They were married in the Manti LDS Temple on Dec 16, 1941. Hap served for four years in the US Army during World War II, spending time in England, France, Belgium and Germany. When he returned home, he and Elma bought their first home on East Lane in American Fork where they raised their daughters and lived the remainder of their lives. Hap retired from Geneva Steel after 38 years of service. He still enjoyed the friendship of many of his Geneva co-workers. Hap loved farming, hunting, fishing, gardening, raising rabbits and beautiful flowers. He will also be remembered for his photo albums, silver dollars, hats, shiny vehicles, generosity and being a grandfather. He was small in stature but a giant of a man full of integrity, charity, a respecter of womanhood and compassion.

Surviving are his three daughters: Bonnie (Ronald) Cook, Jerry (Val) Roberts of American Fork and Marla (Randy) Taylor of Lehi; 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; brothers: LeR (Leath) Ross and Earl (Louise) Ross both of Orem; sisters: Geniel (Robert) Godfrey, CA; Donna (Stan) Robinson, American Fork and Reva (Ed) McStay, of Orem. Preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister Eunice Ann (Bud) Crouch and brother Boyd John (Joan) Ross.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 on Friday evening, Oct 19, at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 E 100 N, American Fork. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct 20 at the American Fork 6th & 8th Chapel, 320 N 100 E with a viewing from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Relief Society Room. Burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery with full military honors.