Robert “Bob” M. Ross, 67, who had been executive director of the South Central Regional Mental Health Center, died Jan. 21, 2014.
He was born June 22, 1946, the second of three children of Robert M. Ross Sr. and Maxine A. Wiant, in Portland, Ore. He graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1964. A few years after high school, he moved to Billings with Laura Carrell. He was adopted into the Lillian Hogan Clan in his early adult years and became a member of the Crow Night Hawk Social and Dance Society.
He graduated from Eastern Montana College with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, then worked as a licensed clinical professional counselor.
He received recognition for his service from the National Alliance for Mental Illness and the Department of Corrections and Public Health and Human Services Advisory boards, among others.
He was executive director of the South Central Regional Mental Health Center for nearly 20 years. He was recognized as a Patriotic Employer and Honorary Cannoneer by supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserves and exemplifying the spirit of the Prairie Lightning Battalion.
Mr. Ross was of Scottish and Metis descent, and produced Native American-style art in the form of beadwork, carving and feather work. He had many pieces in the hands of dealers, collectors, museums and friends.
In 2008, Bob married Marnie. He had received care from St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, Colo.
Survivors include his wife Marlene; a sister, Becky; a daughter, Michele Luminato; a son, Steve; stepchildren, Tom Disburg, Paulette Alexenko and Tyler Disburg; five grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Dahl Funeral Chapel, 10 Yellowstone Ave. A reception will follow.
Donations may be sent to St. Labre Catholic Indian School, 1000 Tongue River Road, Ashland, MT 59003.