Ross Donald AsperheimRoss Donald Asperheim passed away Dec. 29, 2013, at Diamond Willow-Lester Park.
Ross Donald Asperheim passed away Dec. 29, 2013, at Diamond Willow-Lester Park.
Ross was born March 3, 1930 to Sam and Vivian (Marvin) Asperheim, in Duluth, in a house on Raleigh Street. Ross lived his life for his family and friends.
Ross graduated with 12 classmates from Lakewood School. He was a natural born athlete and excelled in sports. He participated in hockey, speed skating, football, baseball and basketball. At the age of 15 he planted trees on the Superior National Forest in Isabella, Minn.
He married Ferol Johnson on July 2, 1949. Ross was a truck driver (and dispatcher) for Glendenning Motorways and Ready Mix Cement and was a part-time school bus driver for Lakewood school.
He was one of the founders of the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department, retiring with 40 years service in 1999. He served as Chief and Assistant Chief.
Ross had many friends, he taught his kids to do for others and always said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Ross and Ferol took in many young people that needed a home giving them room and board, asking for nothing in return.
His hobby was the big yard he created for his family - countless baseball games and other outdoor activities were played in the yard to include the "Tarzan" swing.
Preceded in death by sister Beatrice.
Ross is survived by his children, Robin (Doug), Kim (Robert), Jeff (Eileen), Kris (Andy), Scott (Kim) and grandchildren, Bill, Cherie, Jeff, Randi, Gary, Kate, Alissa, Dan, Alex, Dustin, Amanda and five great-grandchildren; brothers, Al, Frank and Dan.
The family thanks the wonderful care he received from all of the staff at Diamond Willow.
VISITATION: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at Duluth Gospel Tabernacle, 1515 W. Superior St. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in Ross' name be made to the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.
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