Ross R. Major

                    November 8, 1946  -  January 18, 2010

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Sioux Falls, SD
Died: Monday, January 18, 2010
Sioux Falls, SD
Age: 63 years, 2 months, 10 days

Begins 11:00 AM Friday, January 22, 2010
George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD
The family will greet friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

11:00 AM Saturday, January 23, 2010
Peace Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD
Reverend Jeff Eisele, Officiating
Robyn Holcomb, Organist
Jackie Bailey, Vocalist
Surely the Presence of the Lord
Robyn Holcomb, Vocalist
Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)
Congregational Hymns
How Great Thou Art
On Eagles Wings

Fathers Day, June 20, 2010
Stieg Ranch, Hammond, MT

Gary Joyce ~ Bob Runyan ~ Tom Stieg ~ Rich Braley
Kevin Engbers ~ Gordon Bradley ~ Bob Pulse ~ Larry Binstock

Ross was born in Miles City, Montana, to Harold A. and LaVerne E. (Malmquist) Major on November 8, 1946. Ross spent his early years in the Ridgway Community near Ekalaka, Montana. He attended a one room country school, then graduated from Carter County High School in Ekalaka, Montana, in 1964. In these years he was very involved in 4-H, sports and community events.

Upon graduation from High School, Ross attended Dawson College in Glendive, MT, on a basketball scholarship. He received his Associate's Degree from Dawson College. He then transferred to Montana State University with a basketball scholarship, receiving a B.S. in Animal Science there in 1969.

On August 4, 1968, he was joined in marriage to Correen Toepke of Glendive, MT. After finishing college, he worked for the Montana State Highway Department in Glendive, then started his 32-year career with New Holland Farm Machinery company as a territory sales manager. His job took him from Glendive to Bozeman, Montana then to Wichita, KS. From Wichita the family moved to Sioux Falls, SD. Later, Ross and Correen, moved to Bismarck, ND, for four years, and returned to Sioux Falls, where Ross retired in 2005.

Ross served six years in the Montana National Guard, where he received sharpshooter awards. He was a member of the Elks in Montana for nearly 30 years. He was a basketball referee in Montana for about 20 years, played softball, golf and enjoyed pheasant hunting. He enjoyed playing guitar, singing and writing songs, producing four albums. His love of music led to entertaining at nursing homes and singing in church praise teams. He also enjoyed collecting stamps and watching sports. Above all, Ross cherished his family and friends, especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Ross was active in the Sioux Falls Morning Optimist, Bible Studies, Golf Leagues, and volunteering in the community. He was an active church member, most recently with Peace Lutheran and Spirit of Joy Lutheran in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Correen; two daughters and five grandchildren, Amy Dreke, her husband, Matt and their daughters, Addisyn and Lauryn, Sioux Falls, SD, Stacie Becker, her husband, Shain and their children, Tristan, Trevor and Rachel, Lennox, SD; three sisters, Gayle Harpster and Boyd Trester, Sentinel Butte, MT, Kathy Stieg and her husband, Tom, Hammond, MT, Virginia Waller, Billings, MT; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Ross was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, please consider the following charities: The Banquet, the Dougherty Hospice House, Helping Hands for Haiti, Sioux Falls Morning Optimist Youth Activities, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.

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Born: November 8, 1946

Death: January 18, 2010

This memorial provided by:
George Boom Funeral Home Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, SD