Valley County, IDGenWeb Project

Loyd Dale “Curly” Ross

Loyd Dale “Curly” Ross, 82, passed away peacefully at home with family on Monday, May 14, 2012.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, May 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 1510 East Wright Street, Boise. A Rosary Vigil will follow starting at 7 p.m.

Relatives and friends are welcomed to gather, bring memories and give someone you know a hug and an “I love you.”

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. A lunch reception will follow.

Burial service will take place Tuesday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at Canyon Hill Cemetery, 2024 North Illinois Avenue, Caldwell.

Born July 21, 1929, in Parma, to Floyd and Lois Ross, Curly was the youngest in his family. He attended school in Parma, graduating in 1948.

In his high school yearbook, Curly was described as “a successful person, esteemed for his tolerance, good nature, and understanding character.” He was involved in many sports, but his passion was football. Curly attended The College of Idaho from 1948 to 1952 on a football scholarship.

On July 30, 1950, he married his college sweetheart, Colleen Shannon, in Nampa. Curly always regarded the summer of 1951 as a summer he’d never forget, smokejumping with his best friend, Scotty, in McCall.

Curly graduated from The College of Idaho in 1952, after which Joe Albertson offered him an entry level position with Albertson’s. This started a lifetime career in the grocery business spanning across the Pacific Northwest.

He and Colleen relocated their young family from Nampa to Twin Falls, Caldwell to Seattle, Richland to Spokane, Boise and everywhere in-between. His grocery endeavors took him to Saudi Arabia for a brief time in 1985.

Curly retired to a snow-bird lifestyle in 1991. Curly enjoyed retired life, summering in McCall and wintering in Indio, Calif. He and Colleen enjoyed traveling with friends and family worldwide. They hosted “Cousin Camp” for their grandchildren each summer in McCall.

Curly was an amateur photographer, documenting every momentous event in Colleen’s life. He looked forward to his annual boys fishing trips, and loved a good tailgate party and BSU football game.

Curly will be especially remembered for establishing the Colleen and Curly Ross Football Endowment Scholarship Fund at BSU, as well as being a major benefactor to the academic and athletic departments at The College of Idaho. The Rosses made a donation in memory of their son, Bud Ross, at Mercy Medical Center in Idaho.

Curly was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church and a member of the Bronco Nation through and through.

Curly is survived by his wife, Colleen; children Susie, Sheri, Doug and Kim, and John; grandchildren Jon and Holly, Joleen, Jaimee, Shannon, Steve, Hailee, Drew, Brooke, Kursta, Carley, and Kortney; great-grandson Brady; sister Lelia and family; brother Edgar and Evelyn and family; and nieces Linda and Cindy and their families.

Curly has been reunited with his son, Bud. A heartfelt thank you to Curly’s caretakers, Galina and Maria, as well as the St. Luke’s team who provided excellent care.

Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution are welcome to The Speedy Foundation at, c/o The Park City Foundation, P.O. Box 681499, Park City, UT 84068.

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