Bryan Alexander Ross

Bryan passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 1, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 6, 1925 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Faris Ford Ross and Eunice Lee Poe Ross. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School in the Spring of 1942 where he was active in the band and R.O.T.C.

With World War II in full swing, Bryan enrolled at Texas A&M at 17 years old. At A&M he joined the Corp and wrote for the school newspaper, The Battalion.

In May, 1943, Bryan enlisted in the United States Air Force and reported for duty in February of 1944. After faithfully serving our country as a 1st Lieutenant B29 navigator, he returned home to Ft. Worth and finished his studies at Texas Christian University.

Bryan's career was oilfield sales. He started at Mid-Continent Supply in Ft. Worth. In 1949 the Korean War had begun and he joined an Active Reserve Unit at Carswell AF base in Fort Worth flying B36's. He remained a reserve officer until January, 1953.

Bryan met the love of his life, Jo Dean, at Fritz W. Glitsch & Sons in Dallas, Texas while visiting at the water fountain, where they were both employed. They married on December 18, 1953, transferred to Tulsa, Oklahoma and were blessed with three daughters. In 1965, Bryan moved his family back to

Dallas, Texas where they lived until 1987 when they retired to Tyler, Texas.

He cherished his family, was an ace golfer, a great salesman in the oilfield industry, a wonderful friend, and a true Christian gentleman. Bryan loved people, the Dallas Cowboys, TCU football, and adored all of his beloved dogs.

Bryan is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jo Dean, his daughter, Robbie Brennan of McKInney, Texas, daughter, Debbie Scott and husband Charlie of Gainesville, Texas, and daughter Susan Gibson and husband Lee of Tyler, Texas. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests any contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Alliance of

Smith County, 211 Winchester, Tyler, Texas. 75701.

The family also wants to thank the entire staff at Briarcliff Health Center for all their loving care and concern for our husband and father.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Hilliard Funeral Home, Van, Texas.

Private family military burial at the Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery in

Arlington, Texas.

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