Ross King

Ross Edward King

Friday, July 4th, 1930 - Friday, December 4th, 2020
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Ross Edward King, 90, of Fort Wayne, IN, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Friday, December 4, 2020. Born in Peru, Indiana, Ross was the son of the late Morton Merrill and Josephine King. He graduated from Peru High School in 1948. He attended Bryan University where he met music teacher Betty Webber whom he later married. He received his master’s degree from Indiana University in 1956 and took doctoral-level courses at the University of Chicago. He taught school in Pierceton, Indiana and later was a teacher and principal in the Hammond Public Schools. After retiring from public schools, Ross received a colloquy from Concordia University Chicago to prepare him for service in the Lutheran school system. He was the principal of Trinity Lutheran School in Crown Point, IN, and then moved to Fort Wayne where he was principal at Emmaus Lutheran School. After retiring from Emmaus, he joined Ascension Lutheran Church and served on the Board of Education for the school there. He was also a docent at the Allen County Courthouse where he enjoyed giving tours. He loved gardening, and twice his gardens were shown in the Fort Wayne Garden Walk. Surviving are his children, LaVonne Dolliver of Tallmadge, OH; Marilynn (Stephen) Courtney of Hebron, IN; Kathryn King of Oaxaca, Mexico; Stanley (Barbara) King of Lombard, IL; Barbara (Randall) Schamp of Arvada, CO; Carole King of Saint Clair Shores, MI; grandchildren, Ryan Courtney, Adam Courtney, Joy Meyer, Rachel Dreiding, Elise Percival, Alaric Dolliver, Lauren Irizarry, Keith King, Dr. Josephine Schamp, Mariah Thiessen and 8 great-grandchildren. Ross was preceded in death by his wife Betty King, granddaughter Alexandrea Courtney and sister Wanita Mae Theobald. A private service for the family will be conducted on Friday, December 11, 2020 and a memorial service will be held in 2021. Burial will be at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne, IN, next to his wife of 67 years, Betty King. To sign the online guestbook, go
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The Envalo Team (Elise)

Posted at 09:44am
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Mark Reichle

Posted at 06:04pm
Ross and Betty. WOW. We truly miss our friends of over twenty years. The friendship we had was true. We just enjoyed our times together with no expectations from each other. Well, maybe Ross had a few things for me to do from time to time. :) When it was getting time for Betty to pass, we felt honored that she felt safe with us to pass on in our presence. We are gardeners, as Ross was. Every time I look out at our yard, I think of Betty and Ross. Ross would call us up and say come on over and bring some bags, “we’ll dig a little.” He would walk his yard with us and tell us about each plant he had planted then dig a start of it to give us. When I look out at our gardens, my final resting spot someday, I can see all those plant starts he gave us. I am still working on a list of trees Ross told me we must have in our back yard. This year, two of them will be planted- one for Betty, one for Ross. Rest in peace friends. Mark and Lori R.

Wendy Mader

Posted at 03:25pm
I just wanted to share what a surprise it was to learn that Ross is now in heaven. I was the Director of Special Services for the Lutheran Schools from 1992-1997 and during that time I visited Emmaus School where I grew a strong professional friendship with Ross. He was so supportive of helping his students reach their greatest potential and grateful for both evaluations as well as plans to help them succeed. He just really loved students.

My husband and I both admired his ability to find good quality items for the school by being a budget minded shopper on internet and at auctions. Later in retirement he did not sit still but participated on helping design a play area for Concordia Theological seminary, as well as help with Ascension musicals. Your victory is won Ross! Wendy and John Mader

David Mueller

Posted at 01:29pm
Ross has been in our thoughts for sometime now. Having been to the house and apartment over the years and been recruited by Ross as fellow docents as well as being members of Ascension for a few years, we are thankful to the Lord that He has now granted Ross his heavenly rest. Pastor and Judy Mueller

Brentley Stonert

Posted at 07:22am
Ross was an interesting man. First meeting I thought perhaps he was a Colonel. Accidentally parked where I should not have. We became friends after that. Always willing to talk about his family, garden and travels.
He will be missed.
Brentley M. Stonert
Retired Courtesy Staff Georgetowne Assisted Living

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