Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 23, 2014

Ross Calvin Hansford

TRAVERSE CITY — Ross Calvin Hansford, 78, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Munson Medical Center, with his loving wife at his side.

Ross was born on Feb. 17, 1935, in Flint, to the late Albert and Alice W. (Bollis) Hansford. He married Diane C. Gilbert on June 18, 1960, in Saginaw.

Ross served our country in the United States Army in an engineering unit. He served in Germany, building and developing everything from bridges to soccer fields.

Upon returning from his time in service he went to work for General Motors. Ross was a dedicated assistant master mechanical engineer for many years.

In his spare time Ross loved to play golf and woodwork, and he loved old cars.

He was a life member of the Masons in Swartz Creek.

Surviving Ross are his wife of 53 years, Diane; brother, Walter (Jean) Hansford; sister-in-law, Judy Scott; seven nieces; two nephews; two grandnieces; one grandnephew; and many special friends.

Ross was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Albert Hansford; sister-in-law, Margaret Hansford; and brother-in-law, Donald Scott.

A memorial service in Ross’ memory will be held in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be directed to American Heart Association.

Please sign Ross’ online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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