Dr. Ron Ross
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For over 52 years, I was married to a cute little Colorado girl named Amy Kay, one of the most beautiful and lovely ladies God ever created. Amy and I met at Nebraska Christian College in 1962 and were married on Sunday, August 4, 1963. I was 19-years-old, and she was 18. Though against the odds, our teenage marriage worked out just fine, and we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary exactly 50 years later on Sunday, August 4, 2013. 

Throughout our years together, we traveled to many places and experienced a variety of things. Amy often pointed out that over the years we lived in several different states and three foreign countries. Then with a sly smile, she would  say, "The three foreign countries we lived in are Zambia, Texas, and Wyoming!"

For our last years together, we lived in the State where we were married - Colorado.

Our ministry started in earnest at Capitol City Christian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a Bible College senior, I had the privilege of preaching every Sunday for several months as a brave band of dedicated Christians birthed the church. It has grown into one of the best churches in Nebraska. Amy and I were humbled to have had a small part in its inception.

We have visited over twenty countries on four continents, have traveled in all but three states, have met two presidents (Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Gerald Ford in his home in Beaver Creek, Colorado). We dined with ambassadors, media personalities, most notably, Paul Harvey, politicians, and celebrities. We also ate mielie meal with impoverished African villagers who treated us with courtesy and cordiality, often much more than some of those well-known big-shots.

Through it all, we stayed together - whether rich or poor, sick or healthy and in good times and bad. We lived in big cities and small towns, spacious homes, and grass huts, but we always lived together, and that's what made life good no matter how bad it was.

Our three children are grown and gone. We have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. David lives with his family in Ft. Defiance, AZ, on a Navajo Indian reservation where he works as a registered pharmacist. Our daughter Jennifer lives with her husband in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and Mike lives in Leesburg, Florida.

In 2009 we sold the publishing business we owned and operated for nearly 14 years. For a while, we wondered what we would do next. Then we were invited to live in a magnificent estate located in Point Loma (San Diego), California. We accepted the invitation and lived there for nine months - it was sort of like living in the Garden of Eden with beauty everywhere. It was situated about seven blocks from the sea in two directions, and the main house had a magnificent view of San Diego Bay. In exchange for our living quarters, we cared for two wonderful dogs, two interesting parrots, one cat, and three large aquariums filled with exotic fish. We also provided security simply by living on the estate as the owners traveled frequently.

I always had a deep desire to be used of God no matter where we lived or what I was doing. When we moved to San Diego, I was blessed with an opportunity to do some consulting work for the Chinese Community Church. The assignment was to assess the church and then make recommendations for the future. We held many focus groups, visited with staff and volunteers, then presented them with our report. The church leaders implemented many of our recommendations, and we hear good reports from the church. What Amy and I liked about it was that we worked together on it and it tapped into our spiritual gifts.

While in San Diego, I was re-hired as a consultant with Tidbits Media, Inc. of Montgomery, AL. I provided sales training and other services for the company. The move was good for us because our assignment at the estate came to a sudden halt when the owners decided to sell and wanted us to move.

Our relationship with Tidbits Media allowed us to buy Weld County Colorado for publishing Tidbits. We moved to northern Colorado in 2011, where we publish Tidbits of Greeley/Centerra/Loveland. You can read our paper online at Tidbits.buzz.

A few years ago, Colorado's oldest radio station, 1310KFKA, invited me to host a weekly radio show called Tidbits Radio. The gig lasted several years and was fun to produce.

A book I wrote and published in the 1980s was the result of preparing for, shooting, and editing a video and audio chronicling the life of my parents, Lloyd & Loretta Sapp. We now have a three-and-a-half hours video of Mom and Dad telling a variety of stories about their lives. Because of technological changes in the last two decades, I re-wrote the book now titled, How To Record Your Family History. You can read about it on the website, RecordYourFamilyHistory.com.

I frequently blog on inspirational and motivational themes at RonRossToday.com.

For years I wrote a weekly special feature for Tidbits that were twenty trivia questions and answers I call Trivia Pop Quiz. I assembled the quizzes into book form, and it is available to download to your iPhone, Tablet or computer. CLICK HERE for more information.

Other books I've written are, Keep Mama Happy, The Seven Assumptions of Marriage, and Confidence When You Need it the Most.

Tragedy struck in late June of 2015 when doctors diagnosed Amy with a serious form of brain cancer. The doctors told us she needed brain surgery within the week, and if she had it, she could enjoy a few additional months of life, if not, she had maybe a week to live. Though the surgery was not a curative process, she had the operation and responded remarkably well. However, what her doctor told us came true; she did live a few more months but lost her brave battle on December 4, 2015. We celebrated her life December 19, 2015, at the church we attend, Foundations Church in Loveland, Colorado.

After Amy's death, I created Heartfelt Marriage and often present half-day seminars called Your Marriage Matters. Over 90 podcasts were created over two years and are still available at www.HeartfeltMarriage.com.

The interest in marriage led me to write my eighth book, "It's About Us, Marriage: What we do to get what we want for each other."

It's 2020 now, and I still live in Loveland. I continue to publish Tidbits twice a month and train all new Tidbits publishers for Tidbits Media. However, I'm excited about a new project called "Powerful Seniors." I'm working on the project with a lovely lady. Our relationship grows every day in part because of our project and our proximity; we both attend Foundations Church, and we're next-door neighbors. It's a fascinating relationship in part because we are complete opposites, and yet we enhance each other’s lives dramatically. Her name is Carol!

Updated 02.2020


 


Karey, Mike, Amy, Ron, David, Kathy
Taken at our 50th Wedding Anniversary



Back Row: David, his wife Kathy and daughter Brittany, Karey and Mike (2004)

Jennifer, not present for the above photo, is pictured below.





Ron - at a recent Your Marriage Matters Seminar
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