Ross Clark River

Nov 22, 1928 - Feb 22, 2021


Ross Clark River, 92, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa. He was born on November 22, 1928 to Roy and Lois (Marshall) River on their farm near Chester, Iowa . As Ross always knew how to make an entrance, his mother was in the middle of butchering a hog whe...



First United Methodist Church

Wesley Drive
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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Ross Clark River

November 22, 1928 - February 22, 2021

M Mary A McAllister and John Melvold March 5, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss.

S Sheila Bentley March 4, 2021

CandleTo the River's family I express my deepest sympathy. Ross and Vivian were a great couple and they were dedicated to their community, and church. They will be missed by many. Sheila Bentley

A Angel Schiffer March 1, 2021

CandleLots of memories of Ross ( and Vivian) and the whole family. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. ~ Angel, Wyatt, Kyle Schiffer and Paul Potter.

E Elaine A. Luett March 1, 2021

We will miss our long time friend but know he was ready to join his dear wife, Vivian, and daughters Kay and Jean.
His visits, phone calls, and letters were always welcome.
Ross and Dave could always talk about cattle and sometimes a little politics on the side. He was always concerned about us and shortly before his death wrote us a beautiful letter. Little did we know at that time that he was bidding us farewell.
Heaven gained our friend, but we still have the memories. May he rest in peace.

D Denny Burzlaff March 1, 2021

May you now be in peace with Vivian at your side
Thank you for being my friend, mentor to many and like a father to me. I will miss seeing you pull up the driveway and our many talks of busines and life in general. Thanks for being so kind to my children. You where a great supporter of our community and will be missed greatly ! I believe you showed up at every dinner, benifit, show and local sports event. Im proud to have known you.

C Connie Hute February 28, 2021

Dear Paula and Dave, I was just checking Facebook and saw your father’s obituary. He was always involved in agriculture and all the farmers knew him including my folks. My most sincere sympathy and prayers that God will ease your pain and give you peace. Blessings to your whole family.

r rob rotman February 28, 2021

Sue,I am so sorry.We have shared s o much in our lives. I know your mom an d Dad are sayin to Rogers and hammerstein, when our daughter, Kay died.,her friend bobby rotman,sent us the words to youll never walk alone,and that song,helped us a great deal.peace love rob

R Ruth Clayton-Davis February 28, 2021

I had the privilege of being Ross’ Honor Flight guardian to DC. He was a humble veteran who told me he never left the States (except maybe Mexico when he wasn’t supposed to be there!), so didn’t think he deserved to be on that Honor Flight. I assured him that he wore the uniform and did his part to serve. I sure enjoyed my day with him and even visited him with my husband at his business later.

A Allen & Carolyn Oltmanns February 28, 2021

River family you have our sympathy. Always enjoyed our visits with Ross. He was always a great supporter Of Ag. Maquoketa area youth.And the Cyclones. Donated blood at the Delmar Lions blood drive until recently. Allen & Carolyn Oltmanns

R Roger & Twila Hingtgen February 28, 2021

Dear River family, sorry to hear of the passing of Ross. Always enjoyed visiting with him. He and Vivian were great neighbors (twice). We know they are deeply missed.

J James Derganz February 27, 2021

Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to the River family!

C Cindy Daniels February 27, 2021

Rivers Family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Ross. He was a very nice man. So lost after the passing of Vivian, may they be together again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

S Sheryl Wiggins February 27, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear this. I know Dad thought the world of both Ross and Vivian and I bet they are continuing their conversations and solving the world's problems , just as they did for 50 years.
Sheryl and Terri Wiggins

J James Derganz February 27, 2021

Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to Ross's family!

K Kirk Scheckel February 27, 2021

Dear River Family,
We are so sad to learn the news of Ross' passing. I've known Ross as an employer and fraternity brother (generations apart); and a counselor in starting my professional life. Ross was a lamb and a lion; kind to everyone and willing to stand up for his beliefs. Worthy son of Adelante, here's to thee!
Kirk and Christina Scheckel

j jerry&jillane renner February 27, 2021

rest in peace ross,also all the river family are in our thoughts and prayers-jerry& jillane renner

J Joan (Saunders) Ringgenberg February 27, 2021

Was very saddened to hear of your loss; deepest condolences to your family.

S Sue Cook February 27, 2021

Sorry for your loss Ross and Vivian and family were so great to our Franzen Family. Hugs to all. Lee Sue Brad Ashley and Cassie

K Kathleen McCloy February 26, 2021

Many memories, many tears and many smiles as you celebrate his life. Many prayers to all his family!

J Judy Bowling February 26, 2021

My sincere condolences to the River family in the loss of Ross.

T Tom Devine February 26, 2021

It is with great sadness I learned of Ross’s passing. What a great Genteman, Pioneer, Steward and Contributor, Ross was to this world and HIS community. Ross always had a smile on his face, an upbeat attitude, and a good story to tell. You will genuinely be missed my friend and I always considered it a priveledge to call you Friend. My sympathies to the River family and so many good friends he left behind.

B Bob & Joan Head February 26, 2021

Dear Family,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences .

J Jerry and LouAnn Hora February 26, 2021

Sending our sincere sympathy to the entire River Family. Our family connections with Ross date back to the during the years he was attending Iowa State and done his student teaching in Maquoketa. During that time he lived with my grandparents, Dale and Frances Denlinger and their sons. He was a good friend and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jerry and LouAnn Hora and family

D Daine February 26, 2021

Keeping you all in my prayers! So sorry for your loss.

F Fred & Cindy Nissen Hoffman February 26, 2021

Sue, Cindy and I are so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He and your mom were truly outstanding members of the Maquoketa community and they both will be fondly remembered. Please accept our most sincere condolences, and know that you and the River family are in our thoughts and prayers.

S Sue & Michael Van Buer February 26, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to all of Ross' family.

T Tom and LuAnne Yearwood February 26, 2021

Our condolences to the River family, Ross will definitely be missed in the Post-Frame Construction Industry. Our Prayers to his family!

C Cathie Westhoff Jebsen February 26, 2021

I always remember being with Kay and listening to your Dad's jokes! Loved being in the River house. He was a nice man. You all have my sympathy.
Cathie (Westhoff) Jebsen

N Nancy and Jordan February 26, 2021

Ross was a wonderful guy. He would talk to my grandson about farming. You could talk to him about anything. He will be miss. Nancy

C CHERYL HARTWIG February 26, 2021


C CHERYL HARTWIG February 26, 2021


J Joan and Dave Etringer February 26, 2021

So sorry for your families loss.

F Fred & Cindy Nissen Hoffman February 26, 2021

Sue, Cindy and I were so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He and your mom were stellar citizens of Maquoketa and both will be fondly remembered. Please accept are deepest sympathies, and know that you and the River family are in our thoughts and prayers.

K Kim & Gil Gee February 26, 2021

I always enjoyed talking to Ross at the Wick Building meetings...and at the same time Vivian! He taught me a lot about this business we are in and I will forever remember the knowledge he shared. Our sympathies to his family.

P Peter and Kelly Nelles February 25, 2021

We are sad to hear of Ross' passing. He always had a big smile, a good story, and a firm handshake. Watching he and my dad dream up our pole barn was a thing to behold. Our prayers and well wishes go out to the family.

C Claudia Bisinger February 25, 2021

Our sympathy to the River family. May God comfort you at this time of sorrow.
Bob & Claudia Bisinger

D Darrell Kolstad February 25, 2021

Ross River was a special man who served thousands of farmers, families and businesses in Iowa. My wife and I are blessed to have known him as a business and family friend. Ross was driven to serve others and to be a successful builder. Ross became a living legend within the building industry. He will always be remembered and honored for his many achievements. May God bless the memories of Ross River.

Darrell and Jane Kolstad (on behalf of Wick Building s and the Wick Family)

k kathy and Steve klocke February 25, 2021

Ross will be missed. HE was one of a kind.

P Patsy February 24, 2021

No matter long their day was, Ross and Vivian,they were one.Ross would go 100 mph.Its the last Valentine's Day they will be apart.

R Randy and Vickie Kuhlman February 23, 2021

Truly a great man. We just loved him, We had missed his usual stops at the dealership for some good talks, before he went to nursing home. He left a legacy of hard work, knowledge and how to treat people. Miss you Ross.

D Dr. Paul and Valerie Horst February 23, 2021

To the River's family,
Valerie and I send our sincerest sympathies to you all over Ross's passing. He was truly a Maquoketa icon and he has left his mark on the Maquoketa community. The River's family has played such a part in our Maquoketa experience. Ross and Vivian spent many hours in our office relating their stories and Ross always had a new idea in mind. I spent countless hours with him while building Ohnward and enjoyed his stories about Maquoketa history. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

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