E. Gene Ross
Most Worshipful Grand Master
Born November 5, 1926 in Granite City, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Granite City, Illinois. Masonic Services were held Sunday, May 6. Burial with Military Honors was in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates located in Granite City.
He married Doris Barr on January 17, 1945 in Venice, Illinois and had two children, Sherry and Larry, ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. The United States Navy veteran proudly served his country during World War II and was a member of the American Legion Post 113. He had worked as the "Chief" in the duplicating office at the Granite City Army Depot publishing "The Graniteer" newspaper with 30 years of dedicated service and later retired from St. Louis ALMSA as a management analyst. He also took much pride in his work since 1993 as a funeral assistant at Irwin Chapel in Granite City and Glen Carbon. He was a member of Suburban Baptist Church. He had a special love of music and loved playing his guitars and enjoyed the days of his band, "Ozark Homesteaders" and was a member of the Musician's Union. He was a collector of Jim Beam bottles, coins, cameras and many other various memorabilia. He devoted his life to always helping others and his gentle spirit will forever live in those touched by him in his lifetime
Brother Ross was raised a Master Mason on June 6, 1957 in Triple Lodge No. 835 and served as Worshipful Master in 1963. He was commissioned as a Grand Lecturer and appointed to the Board of Examiners where he served in several chairs including Secretary and Chairman of the Board. He also was a member of the York Rite Bodies, Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois and very active with the Ainad Shrine, where he was active with the Compact Motorcycle Parade Brigade. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33◦, Honorary Member, Supreme Council on September 29, 1976 also served as a Past Chairman of the Board of Shriner's Hospital for Children in St. Louis and was a member of the Tri-City Shrine Club, Jesters and the Red Cross of Constantine. From 1983 until 1985, he also was the Grand Master of the AF&AM of Illinois. This is a brief description of the many organizations in which he helped to promote his brotherhood of Masons.