It is with our deepest sympathies that we announce the passing of Rev. Ross Robson. He passed away suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Rev. Robson's obituary:
A resident of Holladay Park Plaza, Portland OR, for the last four years, died of respiratory failure on August 22, 2015 at age of 86.
Ross Robson was born on November 6, 1928 in Seattle WA. He attended Whitworth University, graduated from University of Washington and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Ordained into the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in 1953, he served churches in Calgary Alberta, Canada; Williston and Fargo ND; and First Presbyterian Church, Omaha NE where he was honored as Pastor Emeritus. Ross is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret (Peg) and four children, Peter (Joanne), John Daniel, Kauai HI; Beth Hamstra (Kent), Denver CO; and Tim (Lisa) Portland; surrogate parents for Prakash Mathew (Sandy) Fargo ND; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and brother, Robert (Pete) Robson, Rochester NY.
In retirement in Port Ludlow WA Ross chaired the greenbelt committee and had leading roles in the community theater productions. For a time Ross served as an interim minister for the Lihue United Church, Kauai, HI. In addition he assisted small churches on the Olympic Peninsula and throughout the world. In Bali, Indonesia; Paris and Strasbourg, France; and Vienna, Austria he served English-speaking churches. He helped with a land purchase for a school in Mexico, in establishment of a water system in West Timor, and with a housing project in a small village in El Salvador.
Not only was Ross a good shepherd to his flocks, he was concerned about the plight of those with less opportunity for advancement. In Williston and Fargo he established schools for mentally-challenged children who were at that time being hidden in their homes. He was an original member of the Fargo Housing authority. In Omaha, he with the congregation, established Presbyterian Metropolitan Ministry of Omaha--PMMO, a four-prong service to those in need. His most challenging project was Wellspring, a program to help women in prostitution.
In 1979 Jamestown University, Jamestown ND, conferred on Ross an honorary D.D. degree. In 1980 he was keynote speaker for the Church of South India Convention in Mallapalley, Kerala, India. Peg and he were fortunate to spend a half hour with Mother Teresa at her convent in the then Calcutta, India.
A Memorial Celebration will be held at Maplelag Conference Center, Calloway MN, Sunday, September 27, at 2:30 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to Prakash Mathew by September 18th.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Port Townsend (1111 Franklin Street; Port Townsend, WA 98368) designated for the El Salvador mission.