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Thomas Ross

July 9, 1945 — July 29, 2016

On Friday, July 29 th , 2016, Thomas “Shaky Jake” Ross of Big Arm, passed away at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center after a 4 year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  Jake was surrounded by family and friends during his final days and was fortunate to be able to express his love and gratitude for his family and many good friends.

Jake was born on July 9 th , 1945 in Ronan, MT to Jack and Marie Ross.  He attended grade school and high school in Ronan.  In 1965 he married Verna Davis and they had one child, Glen, “L.B,” Ross. After a bee keeping stint, he started working as a logger in 1964 and worked many long hours teaching his sons the value of hard work.  In 1984 he married Fairlynn Jones Hoppie.  Fairlynn and Jake were very active in the Frenchtown community where they loved watching their children and grandchildren participate in school activities.

After he retired in 2009, Jake enjoyed his many hobbies including golfing, NASCAR, playing cribbage with his many friends, and enjoying his dog Betsy at their house on Flathead lake. He loved spending his lake time surrounded by family and friends.

Jake was preceded in death by his parents John and Marie Ross and his siblings John, Dellarie, and Frank.

He is survived by his wife of almost 34 years, Fairlynn Ross, his brother Dick (MaryLou) Ross, and his four children, Andi (Kelly) Swan, Glen “L.B.” (Roxanne) Ross, Curt (Anne) Hoppie, and Chris (Layla) Hoppie. Survivors also include his grandchildren: Hailey and Courtney Swan, Jake and Jadan Ross, Ty and Miah Hoppie, and Peyton and Khalisee Hoppie.

There will be a viewing Thursday, August 4 th from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Shrider-Thompson Funeral Home in Ronan and funeral services will be Friday, August 5 th at 11:00 am at Terrace Lake Community Church in Ronan. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at Jake and his family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph hospital and Partner’s Hospice for the wonderful care he received.  Special thanks to Dr. Ryan Ross, Joann, RN, Barb, RN, and Kaylee.

In lieu of flowers, Jake asked that memorial contributions be made to Partners in Home Care Hospice at 2687 Palmer Street, Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808 in the name of Jake Ross.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, August 4, 2016

6:00 - 7:30 pm (Mountain time)

Shrider -Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services

419 Round Butte Rd, Ronan, MT 59864

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Funeral Service

Friday, August 5, 2016

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Terrace Lake Community Church


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