Former Woodinville resident Keith R. Ross passed away April 18, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was visiting his daughter Kerri. Keith was born in Bothell, Wash., December 12, 1929, along with his twin, Ken. He grew up in Woodinville and attended Woodinville and Bothell schools. He was a veteran and served in the Army as a military policeman from 1951 to 1953. Keith was a tile setter by trade and was well known for his beautiful and creative tile work. He and his late wife Doris fostered and adopted many children in their life together. They moved to Chelan, Wash., in the late 70s where he and his tile setting partner, Greg Peterson founded Columbia Valley Tile, which they ran until Keith retired in the late 90s, after which, Keith and Doris operated M & M Marina on Lake Chelan. Keith was a long-time member of the Lions Club and was a strong advocate of volunteering and community involvement.
He attended Chelan town meetings and participated on the city council, port commission and marina services.
He had a passion for older vehicles, especially Jeeps which he and his twin worked on. On most mornings you could see him with his faithful dog “Babe” at the Vogue Cafe in Chelan having coffee with his brother Jerry of Manson. Babe will now reside with Jerry and his dog Henry.
Keith is preceded in death by his parents O.W. Bill and Olga Ross and his wife Doris; son Kevin; and older brothers, Elmer and Jim. He is survived by his children, Kelly (Karla) Clement, Mike (Katie) Dickenson, Kerri Ross-Kremer, Kasey Ross, Sunny Ross-PomErleau and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers, Ken (Mary) of Chelan, Dick (Panchita) of Ellensburg, Jerry of Manson; sisters, Annette (Bud) Eaton of Kenmore, Ellen Fletcher of Fairbanks, Alaska; sister-in-law, Sylvia Ross of Manson and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial will be announced later.