Arthur M. Ross
November 10, 1925 – June 17, 2014
Dr. Arthur M. Ross, Ph.D., 88, of Lewisville, TX, beloved father, uncle, “Papaw” and noted New Testament Bible scholar and seminary professor, passed away in Plano, Texas on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – in God’s timing – as he was reunited for eternity with his son, Steve, who died in a plane crash on the same day — almost to the hour – 11 years ago. A life-long minister of the Gospel until incapacitated by a brief illness shortly before his death, he understood from Scripture, “You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe” (Psalm 138: 8).
Born November 10, 1925 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hastings Ross in Plainfield, New Jersey, Arthur was one of six siblings raised in nearby Scotch Plains. In the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 to serve in World War II. Two weeks after he volunteered for medic training, his original unit shipped out to Europe and sustained 70 percent casualties in The Battle of the Bulge. He became a Surgical Tech 3rd grade with the Medical attachment of the 209 Anti-Aircraft Advanced Weapons Battalion, stationed in the Pacific, helping to establish a hospital for American POW’s after the Japanese surrender in 1945.
Arthur first attended Temple University in Philadelphia, and later Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, where he was graduated with a B.S. in Zoology in 1951. While at Wheaton, he fell in love with Ruth Hanselman; after several summers working together on the SS North American Cruise Ship touring the Great Lakes, they were married Aug. 15, 1952, and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary several months after Ruth’s death in 2012. Arthur went on to earn his M.A. in Bible Literature from Wheaton College Graduate School in 1957, where he later taught New Testament studies in the 1960s, following five years on the faculty of Faith Seminary in Philadelphia. While heading up the college credit division of the Moody Bible Institute Correspondence School in Chicago for 18 years, he earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1983. Before his retirement, he pastored a church in Glen Ellyn, IL and served as a hospital chaplain at Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County for more than a decade; he remained a commended worker for the Brethren Assemblies through Stewards Ministries until his death.
Arthur and Ruth had three sons, Larry, Steve and David; and seven grandchildren. After living in Wheaton, IL for more than 50 years, they relocated to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex in Texas to be closer to family. Arthur was a life-long student of the Bible, proficient in Hebrew, Greek and the ancient language of Syriac. He was admired by all who knew him as an outstanding communicator, able to translate his vast knowledge and understanding of Scripture and complex theological concepts into lay terms. But he was most renowned for his delightful and profound wit and humorous anecdotes.
Dr. Ross is survived by two sons, A. Larry Ross and wife Autumn of Lewisville, TX and David E. Ross of Wheaton, IL; Julie Ross of Boca Raton, FL, widowed wife of son, Steve Ross; and grandchildren, Ashley Ross, Jorden Ross, Harrison Ross, Richard Ross, Benjamin Ross, McKenzie Ross and Cameron Ross. In addition to his son, Steve, he is preceded in death by his siblings, including brothers, Everett Ross, Erwin Ross and James Ross; and sisters, Lois Ross and Esther Ross Holmes.
Dr. Ross’s life and legacy will be celebrated at a funeral to be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Edmonds Lane Bible Chapel in Lewisville, TX. An interment ceremony will follow at a later date at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Chapel from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. prior to the Saturday service. For online condolences please visit www.mulkeymason.com.