Steve passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Dorothy Ross of Kansas City. Steve is
survived by his partner of thirty-one years, Keith Sargent, and the niece they raised, Jacey
Velazquez. He is also survived by his brothers Douglas Ross of Columbus, Ohio, and Taylor
Ross of Orlando, Florida, as well as sisters-in-law Krista Hilton of Hilliard, Ohio, and Robin Ross
of Deland, Florida, nieces Bailey and Katherine, and nephews Tyler, Warrick, Parker, and
Chase. Steve leaves extended family in Kansas City and Alabama. Steve also leaves dear
friends in Memphis,Tennessee, where he lived for many years.
Steve graduated from Kansas State University. He owned and operated greenhouses in Kansas
City before his career in horticulture and greenhouse design and sales with Stuppy INC. Steve
belonged to the American Horticultural Society and spent his retirement years working with
plants which he so dearly loved.
Steve touched so many lives with his warmth, love, humor, and brilliant storytelling. His
celebration service will be held in Memphis, Tennessee, when travel is feasible.
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