Harland Ross, a former Craig resident, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at his home in Leesburg, Fla.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Viola; son David Ross, of Las Vegas; stepdaughters Janet Mossburg, of Glade Park, and Rev. Jennene Laurinec, of Longview, Texas; and sister Joyce Bolo, of Vincennes, France.
He had eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Harland graduated from Sarasota High School in Florida. He served in the military from 1942 to 1945.
Harland landed June 14 in Normandy and spent the rest of the war in Europe. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6389 in Leesburg.
Harland was a registered land surveyor and an engineer for the Soil Conservation Service in Northwest Colorado for 29 years. He surveyed in the underground coal mines in Moffat County.
An active volunteer in the community and the county, he did the original design and survey work on the first nine holes of Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig. He surveyed the high school football field and the hospital, as well as other projects.
Harland enjoyed his work and the people he served.
The family were members of First Congregational Church until moving to Florida.
Harland was a life member of the Elks Lodge in Craig. He was a pilot, liked boating, fishing, hunting and playing golf. He played cards and enjoyed dancing. He loved photography and cameras.
A memorial service took place Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Hawthorne of Leesburg, with the Rev. Paul Mills officiating.
The VFW chaplain offered remembrances of service and comfort to the family. The 10-member honor guard stood at attention as the flag was presented to the family.
Harland was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed.