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Story Last modified at 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Callen Jay Ross

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Callen Jay Ross

Nov. 15, 1957-March 26, 2011

Nikiski resident Callen Jay Ross, 53, died suddenly March 26, 2011, from a heart attack at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Ross was born to John 'Jack' Ross and La Wanda Mae (Losh) Ross in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and lived there most of his life. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts at Miles College in Miles City, Mont. He received a degree in graphic design at Charter College, a degree in welding technology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, a degree in maritime studies at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center, and attended Alaska Pacific University and University of Alaska Fairbanks. For the past 20 years he has resided in Alaska. He received his captain's license and was continuing his education in Seward to further his abilities as a captain to be able to navigate larger and various kinds of ships.

His close friends called him a "seeker of knowledge" and described him as a religious person. They also said Ross loved to ride motorcycles and was a collector of music.

Ross was preceded in death by his mother, LaWanda Ross of Coeur d'Alene.

He is survived by his daughters, Shaleah Meyer of Post Falls, Idaho, and Caitlin Ross of Chugiak; his father, Jack H. Ross of Coeur d'Alene; sisters, Marla Ross of Coeur d'Alene, Verona Ross of Menlo Park, Calif.; and a brother, Bennett Ross of Liberty Lake, Wash.

Family and friends are welcome to a service "at sea," which will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.