Leslie Victor Ross, Sr.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm
St. Michael Catholic Church, 401 W. Kaye Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm
St. Michael Catholic Church
Leslie Victor Ross, Sr.,
MARQUETTE - Leslie Victor Ross, Sr., age 90, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the home of his daughter, in the loving, comforting care of his family. Les was born July 18, 1923 in Eben Junction, a son of Frank and Helmi (Herrala) Ross. He graduated from the Eben High School in 1942, where he lettered in basketball and track. Les entered the US Navy, serving for three years during World War II as a communications officer aboard the USS Roche Destroyer Escort-197 and the USS Randolph Aircraft Carrier. It was in Detroit that he met and later married Lillian Hugo on May 10, 1947 in Detroit's St. Theresa Catholic Church. The couple resided for a time in Detroit before Lillian, a Lake Linden native, convinced Les to return to the UP to further his education. The couple resided in Lake Linden while Les pursued his Business Degree in Accounting from Suomi College. In 1948, Les and Lillian moved to Marquette where they began to establish a home and raise their family. Les began an almost 40 year career with Frei Chevrolet as head accountant, retiring in 1988. Les was an accomplished harmonica player, releasing two Finnish CD's. He received local and national attention and was honored by the state with a Michigan Traditional Arts Heritage Award. Les was a big fan of the Detroit Tigers and enjoyed watching his own grandchildren in their sporting events. He liked hunting for many years and playing cards with family and friends. For many decades, Les always enjoyed going out dancing with his wife, Lillian, to whom he was married for 57 years. She preceded him in death in 2005. Les and Lillian were lifelong Democrats. Les was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and Richard Jopling Post 44 of the American Legion. Les is survived by his daughters, Margaret (Larry) Hill of Negaunee and Rebecca Ross of Marquette; his grandchildren, Kristin (Erik) Sheline, Jessica (Matt Macklin) Ross, Jason (Bobbie) Hill, Christopher (Angela) Hill, Andrew (Casie) Hill, and Bryan Hill; great-grandchildren, Griffin Sheline, Amelia Sheline, and Lillian Lorraine Hill; his sisters, Elaine (Stanley) Ouellette of Flint and Vivian Mattson of Porter, TX; several nieces and nephews; special friend to the family, Ronda Huffman of Negaunee. In addition to his wife, Lillian, Les was preceded in death by an infant son, Norman John Ross in 1952; and sons, Frank Ross in 1980 and Leslie Ross, Jr in 2004. Friends may call at St. Michael Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 2, beginning at 12:00 noon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 pm Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Larry Van Damme, pastor, as celebrant. Les' six grandchildren will serve as escorts. A reception will follow in the St. Michael Parish Center. Interment, with veteran's honors, will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. The family would like to express their appreciation to Les' friends at the American Legion and his neighbors, the Mitchell's and Joyal's, for their friendship and many kindnesses extended to Les and his family throughout the years. Special appreciation also to UP Home Health and Hospice. The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com



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I am so sorry to learn about your loss. I have known Les for years and I have performed Finnish songs in a band with him. Les has also played his harmonica on several of my music CDs. A great musician is now gone. - 06.27.2014

From Tanja Stanaway - Flag as inappropriate

I am indeed sorry to hear of Les's passing. He was one of the elders who taught me Finnish folk music, and I always enjoyed playing music with him, and listening to his stories. Some of his music can be heard on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmDccIUvTTw , and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jci9iUuCKH8 . - 06.28.2014

From Oren Tikkanen - Flag as inappropriate

Sorry to hear of your loss, Les was always good to be in company with, a great storyteller and musician. - 06.28.2014

From Gerald Kippola - Flag as inappropriate

So Sorry to hear of Les's passing. He was an inspiration to many of us and I have fond memories of listening to his music and playing music with him. - 06.28.2014

From Ralph Tuttila - Flag as inappropriate

We were honored to have Les return to the Detroit area to play at the Finn Camp in Wixom a few years ago, with Wil, Oren, and Randy. He was an amazing, talented, and charming man. It was always a joy to meet with him when visiting the north country. I'll miss him, and never forget what an inspiration he always was to us all. - 06.28.2014

From Steven Niemi - Flag as inappropriate

Les was a great person and a true u.p. legend of Finnish music. - 06.28.2014

From Dale Carrier - Flag as inappropriate

I am sorry to learn of the loss of your father. I remember him from my childhood when I played at your house. He was fun to be around. - 06.28.2014

From Mary Sonderegger - Flag as inappropriate

While I didn't get to know Les well over the years I always appreciated his music as a true "folk musician" and his spirit. He was truly a very special member of the "greatest generation", a good Finn and a special human being. I will miss him. - 06.28.2014

From Dennis Halme - Flag as inappropriate

Sorry to hear of the the Loss of Les Sr. God Bless all of you. Les was my friend and and fellow musician. I enjoyed having him perform with Conga Se Menne(along with my mother, Mary Syria). They were always the hit of the evening 06.29.14 - 06.29.2014

From Derrell Syria - Flag as inappropriate

I met Mr. Ross when I worked at The Mining Journal. He was a true gentleman, and he had the kindest, most wonderful smile. - 06.29.2014

From Deb Pascoe - Flag as inappropriate

Margaret and Becky... I am so sorry about your Dad, was saddened to hear of his passing. My memories of Uncle Leslie are many and have always been held close at heart. Becky, I will never forget most Friday's we would come to your house while in Marquette and on Sunday you and your Mom and Dad would spend time in Eben. Uncle Leslie would come to the house to see Mummu, his Mom, at least once a week. He loved and respected his Mother I can assure anyone of that. I never saw him without a smile a laugh or a good story. He would even play us all a song at times. I could go on and on... anyone who knew Leslie Ross knows what I mean. As we lose the members of the family that once bound us all a little closer together and we tend to lose touch with one another as we are living so far apart...at least we have our memories of how it used to be anyway and it seems as we ourselves are starting to get older those special memories somehow become stronger and have much more meaning. Again, to you girls and your family my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I overheard my Uncle Leslie tell my Mom when my Dad died " there are going to be better days ahead," as he hugged her tight. I am passing that along to all of you. Love Susie - 06.29.2014

From Susie Mattson Moreland - Flag as inappropriate

We were so sorry to hear of Les' passing. He was such a kind good man. It has been a pleasure to know him all these years. He will be missed by so many people. Our deepest condolences to all the family. - 06.29.2014

From Sharon and Jim Petrella - Flag as inappropriate

To Margaret and Becky and everyone in the family circle, our hearts go out to you. - 06.30.2014

From Jessica and Scott Cohn - Flag as inappropriate

I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I only met Les a couple of times, but he was a great person, fun, full of life and a tremendous musician. Getting to meet and spend time with him was among my fondest memories of visiting the U.P. He was a really special guy. - 06.30.2014

From Nate Cohn - Flag as inappropriate

Sad day. I'm happy, though, that I did get to share his company and make a little music while he was with us. My condolences to family and close friends. - 06.30.2014

From Mike Stadler - Flag as inappropriate

Les was always good for a friendly smile and a kind word. The losses he endured would have broken a lesser person. And, man oh man, he could play the harmonica like no one else. - 06.30.2014

From Jim Simmons - Flag as inappropriate

I'm sorry to hear of Les's passing. And thank you to Oren for passing along some of Les's music for the rest of us to admire. - 06.30.2014

From Justin Cohn - Flag as inappropriate

Don't grieve for your father/grandfather as he was the most wonderful, kind, happy and friendly person anyone could be. Remember all the memories and he will be in your hearts forever. He was a gracious uncle Les. I will have you all in my heart and prayers I love you all. - 07.02.2014

From Carolyn J Johnson - Flag as inappropriate

Cousin Leslie was a rock of the extended family and it was always a joy to see him when he would come over to visit. An example of the Finnish concept of Sisu, he would want us to live by that example he set. - 07.02.2014

From Gerald W. Aho - Flag as inappropriate

My sincere condolences to the family of Leslie Victor Ross, Sr. – I am sorry to hear of your loss. May you be comforted by the "God of all comfort" who promises to "comfort us in all our tribulations" (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). I hope you find peace in many Bible promises (John 17:3). - 07.13.2014

From J Johnson - Flag as inappropriate

To the wonderful family of Les Ross Sr, he was loved and adored by many and has a special place in our hearts. We will be there to help support and guide you through your grief and loss. Love to you all, especially, Larry and Margaret, who did everything they could to make Les comfortable and find peace - 08.13.2014

From Pat and Julie Jacuzzo - Flag as inappropriate

My condolences to the family on Les's passing. He was a very unique and talented musician and I'm sure he'll be missed. I enjoyed talking with him about the times he spent with my uncles as they were growing up in the Eben area. - 08.31.2014

From Jim Reinholm - Flag as inappropriate

The Upper Peninsula has lost a great musician who helped preserve the musical traditions of the region especially that of the Finnish heritage. His music remains in our memories and on CDs. He was a fine gentleman and I was glad to have heard him play on numerous occasions. - 09.01.2014

From Rusell M. Magnaghi - Flag as inappropriate