June E. Ross, 95, of Leavenworth passed away April 7, 2013 at her daughter's home in Lawrence, Kan.
June E. Ross, 95, of Leavenworth passed away April 7, 2013 at her daughter's home in Lawrence, Kan. June was born May 13, 1917 in Seneca, Kan. the daughter of Franklin Edward Lehman and Bertha Anna Hilt. She grew up in Seneca and graduated from Seneca Public High School in 1935. At a young age June developed a keen interest in sewing. Following high school she moved to Kansas City and completed a course in Drafting, Scientific Dresscutting and Tailoring from Keisters Ladies Tailoring College at the Kansas City Art Institute. While completing her studies she also worked in downtown Kansas City's burgeoning Garment District which at the time was second only to New York City's. She worked for one very gifted tailor in the District who taught her how to cut garments without making a pattern first. It was during these years as her skills and confidence grew that June set goals to become a professional dressmaker. In December 1943 she married Herbert L. "Bert" Ross of Larkinburg, Kan. who was then serving with the Army Air Corps. After their marriage June and Bert moved to Leavenworth where they lived until 2011. It was in Leavenworth where June was able to follow her passion. She established her own dressmaking business and for almost six decades designed and created custom women's clothes for a clientele that spanned the globe. While she had many customers from northeast Kansas, her national reputation spread by word of mouth among the wives of faculty, staff and student officers at Fort Leavenworth's Command and General Staff College. As a result it grew her business into one serving women all over the world. Today there are customers who still cherish: "An Orginial By June Ross" (see photo above)
In the early 1950's June and Bert bought property off Fort Riley Road in Salt Creek Valley and Bert built the home they lived in for more than 60 years. When not running her dressmaking business June was a skilled bowler, a square dancer and an avid basketball fan, a sport she lettered in at Seneca HS. Her grasp of the game and exceptional knowledge of players, teams and records, especially KU and K-State, were special. That being the case, March was her month and "March Madness" her joy. This year was no exception. After retiring from dressmaking June became an enthusiastic and prolific quilter who over the years donated hundreds of quilts to needy families through local charities.
Survivors include a daughter, Pam Sullivan and her husband retired Navy Rear Admiral Michael P. Sullivan of Lawrence, Kan.; a grandson, Brian M. Sullivan of Prairie Village, Kan.; a granddaughter, Susan Holdenreid and three great grandsons of Santa Rosa, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Novelene Ross of Wichita, Kan.; and a son-in-law, Joel Meyn of Cotati, Calif. June was preceded in death by her husband Bert and by her youngest daughter, Cynthia Meyn of Petaluma, Calif. and a sister, Esther Lehman of Chicago, Ill.
Private services are planned. Condolences may be sent to her daughter, Pam Sullivan at Charter Funerals, 10250 West 63rd Street, Merriam, KS 66203 or online at www.charterfunerals.com.