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October 3, 1931 - August 25, 2020

In accordance with his wishes, cremation will take place and a private graveside service, with full military honors will take place on Thursday, September 3rd at Fort Custer National Cemetery located at 15501 Dickman Road, Augusta, Michigan. Family and friends are encouraged to leave a condolence message.

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Age 88, passed away on Tuesday morning, August 25, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born on October 3, 1931 in Henry County, Iowa, to Paul P. and Bessie (Manetta) Ross. Upon graduating from high school, Millard enlisted in the United States Airforce and honorably served our country during the Korean War as an Airman A/1C and earned the Korean Service Medal. Upon discharge from the USAF, Millard began his career as a firefighter in Kalamazoo in 1956 and cross trained to be a public safety officer with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in 1982 and retired as a Sergeant in 1986. After Millard retired from KDPS, he continued in law enforcement as Chief of Police for the Village of Richland from 1986 to 2000. He became a fixture for the Village. Millard was loved and respected by the community he served and was very involved and active in getting to know them, as well. Millard met the former Pamela (Noble) Curtenius and they were married on June 5, 1993, most recently celebrating 27 years of marriage. He had a love of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting many species including deer, turkey and other birds. He and Pam enjoyed their second home in Englewood, Florida for many winters where they honed their skills on the links. He was a member of the F.O.P., the N.R.A. and the Centerline Gun Club, where he made many friends. Millard was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Michael Ross, his sister, Kay Howell and brother, LeRoy Ross, as well as his first wife, Betty (Holtman) Ross., He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Pam, his two daughters Mary Jane Ross and Ann Marie Ross, his step children, Dwight “Randy” (Brenda) Curtenius, Daniel Curtenius and Aimee (Shane) Volland, as well as grandchildren, Christopher, Justin and Kathleen Curtenius, Kelsea and Tori Volland and Austin Long, as well as his sister, Frances Sehy.