Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Obituary - Missionary Gilbert Ross

Oh how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You. -Psalm 31:19

Frank Gilbert Ross, was born July 2, 1928 in Dallas, Texas. He went from this life to the next on July 23, 2010 at the age of 82.

Gilbert Ross was the son of James Hardy Ross and Minnie Lee (Jones) Ross. He married Carolyn Marie O’Brien on July 1, 1950 in Corpus Christi, TX. Gilbert and Carolyn had six children.

Gilbert was preceded in death by daughter Rebeca in 1961.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Ross of Dublin, TX.

His daughters and sons in law:
Deborah & Brad Kuss of Garland, TX
Marie & John Drugan of Casper, Wyoming
Katharine Ross of Hermosillo, Mexico
Betsy and Jackie Robinett of DeLeon, TX.
Martha & Billy Aranda of Dublin, TX.
12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
His aunt Virginia Kimberley of Livermore, California.

A graduate of the University of Corpus Christi and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Gilbert Ross was a missionary and plane pilot in Durango, Mexico for 46 years.

“For many years he flew a single engine airplane to minister Jesus’ love to the far flung people of the Western Sierra Madre Mountains. He would land the plane on a dirt landing strip that had mostly been cleared of stones. Then he would gather a group of people together in the patio of one of the villagers. He would lead some praise songs and then he would teach them about Jesus. He had a generator that he would take with him to power up an old film projector and he would use that to show old reel movies of Jesus’ life. This would thrill the children so much. The movies were used powerfully by God to change people’s lives. Then he would rev up the airplane and set off for the next village. His life was a testament to God’s love and faithfulness to the people on earth who don’t have much power or influence. We, his family, are eternally grateful for his love for Jesus and the heritage he has left us.” -from Funeral Bulletin

The funeral was July 26, 2010 at 10 am at Cottonwood Baptist Church, Dublin, TX; burial at Old Dublin Memorial Park. Pastor Mike Fritscher officiated.

The five girls, two granddaughters, and Carolyn Ross sang In the Sweet By and By in Spanish. Soloist Shelly Hooper sang How Great Thou Art and led the congregation in When the Roll is Called Up Yonder. The pianist was Steven Chambers. Philippians 2:1-11 was printed in the bulletin. Arrangements were by the Harrell Funeral Home.

Offerings sent to Cottonwood Baptist Church in memory of Gilbert Ross were sent to a pastor serving in the Durango area of Mexico.

Gilbert Ross’ father, Hardy Ross, was a first cousin to my dad, Joe Brumbelow. In recent years Gilbert & Carolyn would sometimes stay at Joe & Bonnie Brumbelow’s home in Lake Jackson, TX when he would have to go to the hospital in the Medical Center in Houston. They were an inspiration to me as I grew up. May God continue to bless Brother Gilbert’s family and ministry.

Gilbert Ross' obituary was printed in the September, 2010 Southern Baptist Texan

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, September 1, AD 2010.


  1. Pastor David,
    I would very much appreciate if you could contact me in regards to brother Ross. Brother Ross was instrumental in the conversion of my family to Christ. I am a first generation Mexican-American who feels truly indebted to the love that God expressed through brother Ross to my family. I come from a family of very humble farmers from the state of Durango, Mexico. My grandparents and all my aunts and uncles have truly fond memories of brother Ross. His Christ minded character is ever present in their minds as they can recount the numerous times that he flew his small airplane to their village on the outskirts of the Sierra Madre Occidental. One of my aunts, my aunt Emelia was received warmly by him and his wife in their home so that she my further her studies in the city. Just this past weekend I spoke with my grandmother about him, and she expressed a sincere fondness and gratitude for his service. I would very much appreciate if you can put me in touch with his family so that I can express my families gratitude to their father and his mission.
    Many Blessings!

    Gerardo Galaviz
    New Life Tabernacle Youth Director

  2. Brother Gerardo Galaviz,
    Thanks for your comment. What a wonderful testimony about how God used Gilbert Ross. I’m glad you found Gulf Coast Pastor and shared this with us.

    I will be in touch and give you further information. In the meantime, I can be reached at David Brumbelow, P.O. Box 300, Lake Jackson, TX 77566; or at
    David R. Brumbelow


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