Ross Edward Besich, 80, of Bayview, Idaho, passed away on November 6, 2021 from a cardiac arrest. He was born to Edna Arnold on December 13, 1940 in Oklahoma.
Ross worked as an Electrician in Arizona until he moved his family to the Pacific Northwest where he worked in a sawmill, as a miner, and as an ironworker. He started REB Excavating in 1977. This business was honored with the Business of the Year award presented by Post Falls City Council for an exemplary business. He began working for Bechtel Engineering as a Construction Superintendent in Norway in 2006, and traveled all over Europe enjoying life. When he returned to the states, he was then sent to work for Bechtel Engineering in Canada. After having a heart attack in Canada, he decided to retire in 2009.
His first love was his family. He was a fierce protector of his family and loved them dearly. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, team roping in the rodeo, anything outdoors.
Ross married Sandra Jeffrey February 11, 1963 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They had 3 children together and lived in the Pacific Northwest.
He married Judy Reed on May 10, 2008 in Boise, Idaho. Together they ranched in Kamiah, Idaho before moving to Ponderay, Idaho and then lastly to Bayview, Idaho.
Ross is survived by: his wife, Judy, daughter, Tana Vesser-(Rick); Rene Palaniuk-daughter(Tony); Jennifer Wabs-stepdaughter(Troy); Brian Stefani-stepson(Melissa); Russell Stefani-stepson.
Grandchildren: Preston Brandt, Anthony Brandt, Joshua Vesser, Nickolas Vesser
Great Grandchildren: Brodie(Nickolas); Bradyn and Addison(Anthony)
Step grandchildren: Troy Blankenship Jr, Alexis Blankenship, Hunter Wabs, Shayna Wabs, Briana Stefani, Teanessia Stefani
Great Step-Grandchild: Amethyst(Teanessia)
He was preceded in death his mother, Edna Arnold; his son, Ross Edward Besich, Jr; his stepdaughter, Stephanie Blankenship
Ross was a man’s man. He took great pride in his family and his work ethic. His integrity was matched by none. He was extremely proud of his strong handshake and many a man was surprised with his “handshake” where they were left trying to get the blood supply back in their hand after the handshake.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Children’s Village at 1350 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815. He was a fierce protector of children and his son, Ross, has a memorial brick at their site.
Services will be private for immediate family, and a memorial reception will be held in Summer of 2022.
We will reach out to family and friends when we have specific information