Friday, April 13, 2007

Ross Ivan Dedman

Ross Ivan Dedman, 85, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at his home in Carey, Idaho.

He was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Carey, the child of Ronald and Dove Dedman. The family moved to La Grande, Ore., where Ross' mother passed away. Ross and his brothers lived with their grandparents near Elgin, Ore.. Ross moved back to Carey when he was 14 years old. He and his brothers lived with Chuck and Meretta Ralls for several years. Ross graduated from Carey High School in 1940 and soon went into the Army.

Ross served with the 112th Signal Radio Intelligence Company for three years, being stationed in the South Pacific, mostly on Bougainville Island in the Philippines.

After returning from the service, Ross worked as a carpenter and mason, working for various construction companies in the Wood River Valley. He also worked with his father who was also a carpenter.

Ross married Ella Nitchals in 1957. They lived in Twin Falls for three years where he worked at Blue Lakes Trout farm. They moved to Carey in 1960 where Ross continued carpenter work with his father. Ross also was watermaster for the Fish Creek Reservoir Company for three years. He retired from the Sun Valley Company in 1987.

Ross loved to hunt and fish and considered himself a "rock puppy." He loved taking his family on sight-seeking tours in Idaho and nearby states, often camping along the way.

Survivors include his wife Ella, his son Jolund, his daughters Tonna Jones and Becky Stanford, all of Carey, and his grandchildren Jeremiah and Kaci Campbell of Boise, Heather Jones of Boise and David and Megan Stanford of Twin Falls. Those preceding him in death were his parents, twin sisters and two brothers.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Carey Cemetery. Urn interment will follow the services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice of the Wood River Valley, PO Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340.

Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey.

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