JAMES L. "JIM" "JR" ROSSJames L. "Jim" "JR" Ross, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
James L. "Jim" "JR" Ross, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth following a lengthy illness. His family was with him during his final hours sharing many memories and stories, surrounding Jim with love.
Jim was born on Nov. 2, 1952 to Lawrence and Ruth Ross. He was proud of his Finnish heritage and of growing up in Superior's North End.
Jim attended Superior Senior High School. Jim was part of a group of students who were expelled for refusing to follow a strict dress code. Jim was proud that through their civil disobedience the dress code was revised. Jim returned to SSHS and graduated. He graduated from WITI and with a degree in Mechanical Drafting and Technical Illustration. He was employed at Globe Elevator before beginning his career at Tri-State Auto Electric. Jim retired in 2012 after thirty-eight years of service as a parts man and office manager.
Jim "JR" loved to ride his Harley. He was a member of the Lost Race MC and ABATE of Wisconsin. Jim and his girlfriend Sue shared many miles on runs with his club brothers and ABATE brethren. Ride free, brother, ORAR.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; Sue's brother-in-law Loren Nelson, a fellow Finn and North End boy; and Joe and Lorraine Penney, his former employers whom he considered his second parents.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Andrea (Michael) Busche; two brothers, Dean (Helen) Ross and Donald (Kam) Ross; two nephews, Keith and Kevin (Nyyia) and a niece, Nancy; his girlfriend of thirteen years, Sue Roberts-Passero and her children, Katrina (Matt Anderson) Roberts, Maria Roberts, Michael (Hailee Meisner) and Sue's granddaughters, Kylee and Teagyn and Sue's extended family.
VISITATION: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at the Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Avenue, Superior. A private family service will be held at a later date. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook, please visit. www.downs-lesage.com.