Gary G. Ross

Oscoda, Michigan
February 17, 1946 - October 19, 2019


The family will welcome friends on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 4-8 PM with a rosary at 7 PM at Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda, MI.

Service Location

Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Oscoda, Michigan


A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11 AM (in-state 10 AM) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, MI. Interment will take place following the service in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Age 73 of Oscoda, MI, formerly of Huntington Woods, MI, passed away at home on Saturday, October 19, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born on February 17, 1946 in Detroit, MI to the late Grant R. and Helen V. Ross (nee D’Angelo). Gary graduated in 1964 from Berkley High School. He attended the University of Michigan where he played offensive tackle before getting injured. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in teaching from Oakland University. He taught at Oscoda Area Schools for 36 years and retired in 2006. Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, chopping firewood, bird watching, canoeing, cooking Italian food, making sausage, baking Christmas cookies, playing baseball, traveling, especially to Alaska, buying or growing flowers for his wife, and most importantly, spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and spent many years serving as the Oscoda girls’ basketball coach. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Beth M. Ross, who he married on April 12, 1980 in Caspian, MI: his children Valerie A. Ross (Dustin J. Hooks) and Dr. Dennis M. (Dr. Jennifer J.) Ross and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert G. Ross. The family will welcome friends on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 4-8 PM with a rosary at 7 PM at Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda, MI. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11 AM (in-state 10 AM) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, MI. Interment will take place following the service in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Liver Foundation at and you may offer your condolences online at


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Oscoda, Michigan


Sending love in this time of sadness. My deepest sympathy to you all.
— Georgeann MacKinnon
Gary was such a sweet, kind and gentle soul. I’ll always remember the warm feeling I got seeing him every Christmas down in Big Al’s basement. He brought love warmth and smiles with him each year to the family gathering. He will be missed. Heaven welcomes another angel this week. Our heartfelt condolences to Beth, Val and Dennis. Live Scott and Ron.
— Scott and Ron
Rest in Peace Gary, you will be sadly missed.
Happy family reunions will always be with me.
My Prayers go out for Beth and Family.
cousin Pauline
— Pauline (Disabella) Follmer
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We pray for peace for you all.
— Dawn Evans, Jessica Crounse ( Evans) and family
We remember beautifull days spent in Pisciotta together, on the boat, and in our ancestor's land. We are close to Beth, Val, Dennis and you all.
— Carmen, Antonio and Pierpaolo.
Gary was such a wonderful guy and will be greatly missed but we have our memories of Him forever. Veca and I send our love to you all at this difficult time.
— Bud and Viveca Draper
Our heart felt sympathies to you and your family during these difficult times. Every time I make Gary’s venison sausage I think of him.
Krist and Gail Atanasoff
— Krist Atanasoff
I am sorry to hear of Gary’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Carol McDougall
Heartfelt condolences to Beth and the entire family. Gary will be sorely missed. I hope many wonderful memories help ease the pain.
— Jerry Hooks
I was sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Carol McDougall
So sorry to hear about Gary...keeping you in our thoughts and hoping you find comfort in wonderful memories.
— Deb Kruttlin
Please receive our condolences and prayers for you, Beth, and the kids as we recall with thanksgiving the great example of Gary’s faith, hope, and charity extended to his family, friends, and community. We will continue in prayers for you all: Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of all comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee, with all those who mourn, that casting every care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Thomas & Jackie Anderson
Beth - so sorry for the loss of your husband, May the love you’ve shared and memories you’ve made with one so dear be a source of healing at this difficult time, with Prayers and sympathy
— A.M. Stimpson
We are sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He and his family would do anything for you. We also miss his parents.
Former neighbor of Helen Ross, Allan and Roseann James
— Roseann James
Mr. Ross was one of my very favorite teachers. I always looked up to him and he made me feel like such a special person in his class. I seen him at church every Sunday growing up and those are such special memories too. What a wonderful man! Prayers to his family.
— Tiffany Richards
Beth and Family, we were so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. He was a great basketball coach, our daughter Margot admired him so much, not to mention what a wonderful husband, father and friend he was to all. May he Rest In Peace, and may you find peace and comfort in your memories of him.
— Mike and Debbie London, Mikado, MI
Our hearts are broken over the loss of our beloved friend. We will cherish the many, many happy memories and send our love to Beth, Dennis, Jenny, Val and Dustin.
— Cliff and Lori Draper & Family
We were so sorry to hear the sad news about Gary. We pray that God gives you and your family strength and courage.
— Tom and Marilynn Thompson
Beth, we are so saddened by Gary's passing. He is in Heaven with his Lord now. Wish we were in town for the funeral, but had to be out of town. You were such a great wife, always by his side.
— Roman & Mary Gancarz
Mr. Ross was my 7th grade teacher and he was wonderful at it. One specific thing he taught me was how to handle a checkbook of all things. Making sure it was filled out correctly. one if the life skills that seems to be missing nowadays. My condolences to the family and may he rest in peace!!
— Scott Becker
Beth, We are saddened to hear of Gary's passing. We are thinking of you, with our thoughts and prayers to your family♥
— Walt and Roxanne Czapiga
Beth and family, We extend to you and your family our deepest condolences and pray that GOD will comfort you. We were saddened to hear of Gary’s passing and want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
— Nancy and John Beachler
Beth and family, very sad to have gotten this news of Gary's passing. I have fond memories of working with him at River Road Elementary, and later Richardson Elementary prior to his retirement. More than the fun times and his jokes, I will remember his integrity and strong sense of right and wrong. Know that Gary touched many lives, students and staff with his hard work standing up for what was right. I know his faith led him home, where he is no longer in pain and on the streets of gold. May you find comfort in his legacy and impact upon others. Thinking of you.........
— Chris Perkins

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