Rochester Arthur Reynold Ross, age 83, of Rochester, passed away peacefully Jan. 30, 2015 at his home.
Arthur Reynold Ross was born on June 18, 1931. He was the oldest of eight children born to Harry and Doris (Engwall) Ross, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
After finishing eighth grade he worked for various farmers, and at 19 he joined and proudly served four years in the Air Force, with three years being stationed in Puerto Rico as a Military Policeman. Art spent his entire life being a salesman, and he loved every minute of it. He loved people, and people loved him. His motto: You only need three things to be successful: Good looks, a charming personality, and a little B.S. Anyone that knew him, realized he was the epitome of that. He realized early in his sales career that if you help enough people get what they want, you'll get everything you could ever dream of. He was one motivated man; he loved life, and always felt that if you haven't experienced something, you need to do it.
Art worked for Miracle Maid Cookware for 22 years as a Field Sales Manager and managed six Midwestern States. He has been involved in Networking Marketing for the past 34 years and Art is one of the icons in the industry that people looked up to for training and motivation. Art has been a distributor with Xango for the past 11 years, where he has built an organization of over 18,000 distributors, and is one of the 140 elite members of the Xango Million Dollar Club Earners.
Art was a pilot and enjoyed flying to many of his Miracle Maid meetings and events. When life got a little too hectic, his way to relax was to take family and friends up for a ride.
On March 29, 1986, Art married the love of his life, Constance Wolfe, in Las Vegas, Nev. Connie is a retired Claremont and Triton high school teacher. Art and Connie loved to go dancing, to travel, and they spent every free moment boating or fishing with family and friends. Grandpa spent many hours teaching the kids and grandkids how to fish, and took them on many fishing trips over the years. He was always so proud that they all have a love for water and fishing. Art also enjoyed the yearly Canadian fishing trips with his in-laws, Arnie and Colette.
Art is survived by his loving wife Connie; children, John (Joyce) Ross, of Prescott, Ariz., Gary (B.J.) Ross, of Island, Ky., Art (Vicki) Ross Jr., of Kingsville, Mo., Debbie (Bryan) Schirmacher, of Owatonna; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gordon Ross, Orville Ross, David (Judy) Ross; sisters, Carol Schulenburg, Ellen (Roger) Amble, Barbara (George) Esser; mother-in-law, Colette Jenkins and a host of other family and friends.
Art was preceded in death by his daughter, Sheri Jo; parents, Harry and Doris; sister, Maureen Ross; brother-in-law, Raymond Schulenburg; sister-in-law, Grace Ross; father-in-law, Arnold Jenkins; one niece and one nephew.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at Christ United Methodist Church, in Rochester. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery,
To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.