Published in the Bonners Ferry Herald April 7, 2005
Another version was published on the website - Kootenai Valley Press - July 31, 2005
Ross Gudbaur passed away on March 28, 2005, in Valley Vista Care Center in Sandpoint, Idaho. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home Chapel. Private burial will be in the Copeland Cemetery.
Ross was born at his grandparent’s home in Sagle, Idaho, on October 21, 1918, to Leo and Florence Gudbaur. Ross and his family lived in the Kootenai Valley in what is now District #13. In 1931 the family moved to Round Prairie, where they continued to raise cattle. Ross attended school at Copeland, Round Prairie and Bonners Ferry.
At the out break of WWII, Ross joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Europe, where he was involved in many major battles including the invasion of Normandy, the battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Paris. After returning from the Army, Ross went to work in the woods as a timber cutter. He also worked in Alaska for several years in the logging industry. Ross continued in the logging industry until his retirement, with the exception of two years when he served as a Bounty County Deputy Sheriff.
In 1953 Ross married Gladys Halverson they made their home near Copeland. It was known as “El Rancho No Gotto.” He was famous for years pictures in the local paper of him holding the first buttercup of spring.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gladys, brother Jack and sisters Evelyn (Gudbaur) Sperber and Ruth (Gudbaur) Halverson.
Ross is survived by niece Sharon (Sperber) Williams; nephews Skip Halverson, Jim Sperber and Rich Halverson, as well as numerous great and great great nieces and nephews.
Ross will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.