Ross Meader, 69, passed away peacefully at his home on Washington Island, Wisconsin on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
Ross was born August 6, 1950 in Racine, Wisconsin, son of the late Daniel and Clairice (Hagen) Meader. He was a graduate of William Horlick High School, Class of 1969, and attended Carthage College and graduated with a BA in Physical Education. Ross began his teaching career with Racine Unified School District. Ross then received two Master’s Degrees in Education Administration and Guidance Counseling, where he remained a Guidance Counselor in the same district. He retired after 34 years in education, the profession he loved. He was very passionate about helping the youth he taught and made several school trips to Washington Island offering experiences they would not otherwise have, to the place he loved his entire life. Ross married his soulmate in 1973, and they spent their summers on Washington Island and then retired there in 2007. Ross served ten years as a volunteer firefighter with the Washington Island Fire Department, he was a member of the Lions Club, Trinity Lutheran Church, and a lifetime member of the Sportsman’s Club. He spent his free time with his family and friends, going on boat cruises and bass and walleye fishing. He was an avid pheasant, turkey, and deer hunter.
Ross is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Cathy Meader (Bohm). They had two children, Garrett and Katie (Brown) Meader and Kiersten and Eric Spinn. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Kennedy and Gage Meader and Bryce Spinn; siblings Chris Meader, Kim and Katie (Kidder) Meader, Pam and Rick (Bonanno); along with several nieces and nephews.
Ross was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Clarice; in-laws, Robert and Martha Bohm; and nephew, Anders Meader.
Ross was an amazing person who could always make people laugh and put a smile on their face. He was always lifting people up and helping in any way possible. He was warm hearted and generous with his love. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone he knew and loved as well as those to come.
A funeral service to honor Ross’ life will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church on Washington Island at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.