(417) 581-7811
PO Box 796, 1700 South 15th Ave, Ozark, MO 65721

Dr. Roy Delbert Ross August 5, 1928 - July 27, 2020

Dr. Roy Delbert Ross, age 91 of Ozark, Missouri, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020, in Cox South Hospital Springfield, Missouri.

Dr. Roy Ross was born August 5, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Caroline E. (Brown) Ross and Oliver J. Ross. As a young man, he joined the United States Army and proudly served his country. After his service to our country, he attended the University of Missouri, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He continued on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Georgia and his doctoral degree from Syracuse University. After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Ross became an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University in the Forestry Department, where he served for thirty-six years until his retirement on June 30, 1992. Dr. Ross loved his Mississippi State Bulldogs, Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Dr. Roy Ross was preceded in death by his daughter, Robin Ross, his parents Caroline and Oliver and his five siblings Clarence, Chester, Jesse, Anna Chloe and Charley.

Dr. Roy Ross is survived by his son, Russell Ross and wife Heather, his son, Randall Ross and his son, Ryan Ross and his partner Tony. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who know him as their Papa Roy.

Visitation will be 9:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in Barnes Funeral Home, Ozark. Funeral services and burial with full military honors will follow at 11:00 A.M. at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, MO. Wednesday August 5, 2020 would also have been celebrated as Dr. Roy Ross’s ninety-second birthday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Roy D. Ross Scholarship, Attn: Jeff Little P.O. Box 9680, Mississippi State University, MS 39762.

Arrangements and care under the direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.


  1. REPLY
    Faye Fillers says

    Roy D. Was a fine man. He was kind and gentle with a heart of gold. Wish I could have visited before he went to a better place but I know he is hugging Robin and I am sure Peggy greeted him at the gate. Bet he has a cat under his arm, a cowbell round his neck and a pipe in his hand. Hope there are books in heaven for him to read and a baseball game near. What wonderful memories he left me with. Until I see him next, He will be in my heart.

  2. REPLY
    Heather C says

    Dr. Ross was a warm and gentle soul who could brighten the worse of days. I am blessed to have known him, sharing his love of Frank Sinatra, the peace of the outdoors and above all, his family. Thank you for sharing him, may God be with you all during this time.

  3. REPLY
    R.P. (Bob) Wilson says

    This goes back a ways. Roy and I visited frequently in Dorman Hall when forestry was still located there. I was a member of the Biochemistry Department located on the forth floor of Dorman. I was also graduated from the University of Missouri and was native of Missouri so we much to talk about. I always considered Roy as real gentlemen and looked forward to a visit either between classes or in the am or pm. I am sorry that I never met any of his family but if they were like their father, they would be very nice as well. Thanks for the opportunity to share my reflections with you.

  4. REPLY
    Greg Thompson says

    To me, Dr. Ross was a legend at Dorman Hall. I could track him at Dorman Hall by the strongest pipe scent was located. He meant so much to all of his forestry students at Mississippi State. He wasn’t just a great educator; he was a great man! Thanks for the memories! Your friend and student, Greg Thompson.

  5. REPLY
    Cliff Hudson says

    So sorry to hear about Dr. Ross’ passing. He was one of my favorite professors in the School of Forest Resources and no doubt impacted the lives of countless students like myself while he was there. We were blessed to have him at MSU and I can only imagine the blessing he was to his family. I can’t think of Dr. Ross without smiling, he was just a great man to be around. Praying for peace and comfort for your family and thankful I was able to get to know you.