Funeral services for John Arross Sr., 80-year-old Buffalo resident who passed away quietly early Jan. 9 at his home in Buffalo, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Harness Funeral Home in Buffalo, with Bobby Arndt officiating. Visitation will be held at Harness Funeral Home from 1 until 9 p.m. Jan. 27 and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Jan. 28. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery, with the VFW and American Legion in charge of military graveside services. Donations in John’s memory may be made to the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice or the Hoofprints of the Past Museum in care of Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com.
John Pierre Arross was born on Feb. 23, 1939, in Buffalo to Jean and Ida Mae Arross. He started school in Clearmont when his parents owned the Stockman’s Bar and Café. The family moved to Linch, where John attended the seventh and eighth grades. John boarded in Buffalo during high school until January 1957 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he received a GED. While in the Navy, he served in Alaska and Hawaii when they both became states. He received an honorable discharge in January of 1960. In 1964, he was married to Margaret McMorrow, and they made their home in Powell. To this union three children were born.
In 1966, they moved to Wisconsin, and in 1972, they moved back to Powell and opened J2 Ranch Wear and Saddlery. They closed the store in 1984 and were later divorced. John took a job doing fiber optics and was on the team that took the first fiber optics information highway over the Continental Divide. He moved to Buffalo in the late 1980s and continued working fiber optics. He was married on Oct. 27, 1990, in Las Vegas to Sally “Betz” Streeter, and they lived in various parts of the West following fiber optic jobs. In 1998, they moved to Casper, where they lived until August 2018, when they moved back to Buffalo, where they lived until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Betz Arross of Buffalo; two sons, John Arross Jr. and his wife Corrine of Casper and Arnaud Arross and his wife Gigi of Cheyenne; one daughter, Karen Arross of Powell; two stepdaughters, Joyce Wiley of Moorcroft and Dolly Arndt and her husband Bob of Arvada; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.