Ross Mann, Jr.

July 20, 1923 -- Nov. 1, 2009

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Walla Walla resident Ross Hamilton Mann, Jr., 86, of 115 Merriam St., died Nov. 1, 2009.

Interment will be this summer at the Black Hills National Cemetery in South Dakota. Arrangements were through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St.

He was born July 20, 1923 in Britton, S.D., to Ross Hamilton and Emma Herzog Mann. He graduated from high school in Britton in 1942. Following high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought in the South Pacific during World War II. He obtained the rank of sergeant.

When he returned to South Dakota, he worked for the Farmers Union Oil company. He moved to Alexandria, S.D., as a manager. In 1955, the family moved to Coeur d'Alene, where he worked as a manager for the growing company. The company changed its name to Cenex Corporation. He was promoted to manager of the transportation division and the family moved to St. Paul, Minn. He retired from Cenex in 1981. He and his wife then moved to the Lake City, S.D. area and built a home. He worked as a liaison for the Agricultural Division of the State Department in Somalia and Uganda, Africa. When he returned from there, he worked for Horton Manufacturing in Minneapolis and in Britton until he retired.

He is survived by his wife, Claryce; a daughter, Shelley of Walla Walla; two sons, Douglas of Clarkston and Derek of Rapid City, S.D; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeffrey; and four sisters.

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