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Boyd Ross

December 10, 1965 – January 28, 2019

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Condolence From: Vince Watson
Condolence: With my deepest condolences, I say farewell to Boyd! We worked on the sales team together in Atlanta several years ago! I spent a great deal of time learning from Boyd and admiring his passion for work and bird hunting! We also had a common interest in sports as both college athletes and a shared love of golf!
My prayers for comfort and GOD’s grace be with his family!

Till we meet again!!!
Vince
Wednesday February 13, 2019
Condolence From: Ren Eric
Condolence: I am very saddened to learn of Boyd’s passing. I joined Michelin in the training class with Boyd in 1996. He was a great person who I always enjoyed talking to. We had lost touch for several years then reconnected on social media in the last couple of years. It was obvious that he was a great family man and friend to others. May his family find comfort in this difficult time knowing that Boyd is in a safe place with the Lord. My deepest condolences.
Wednesday February 06, 2019
Condolence From: Matt Detjen
Condolence: Boyd Ross was many things in my life... he was first a professional mentor, then a boss, later a peer, but most importantly, a friend.

To know Boyd Ross was to know someone who drank-in life. No matter what he was doing... working, hunting, hunting, hunting, hunting, you name it, he was “all in,” as he would say. There was no question, if you were interacting with Boyd, he was giving you 110%. He was always present, and always in the moment.

Boyd was also an incredible coach. Boyd Ross was actually the best professional, one-on-one coach I have ever seen. If you worked for Boyd, you know this is true. As I mentioned, once upon a time I worked for Boyd, but in the last four years I had gotten the chance to work alongside Boyd. I mention this because even though we had become peers, Boyd never stopped coaching me. You see, Boyd had managed and coached one of my team members, prior to this individual joining my team. Boyd was checking-in on this individual one day, as he did from time to time, and during their conversation the individual shared that I was not overly communicative. The gentleman conveyed that I only reached-out when I needed something, I could be slow to call them back, etc. Boyd, being the friend and “coach” that he was to me, he said this,

“Hey, man, I’m not telling you what to do (which meant that he was telling me what to do), but reach-out to your guys just to check on them... you don’t need to talk business, just let them know you care, even if it’s only for five minutes.”

Well, I took Boyd’s advice... because he was right. You see, Boyd truly cared about his people, and there was nothing fake about the phone calls he made. He called you because he wanted to check-in on you… the person. He wanted to know about your wife, your kids, your house... you name it. The greatest coaching lesson I ever got from Boyd was this one: give a d@mn about the people out there making it happen for you… know the person, not the employee.

The funny side of things:
1. My wife could always tell when I had just talked to Boyd, because I immediately got a Southern dialect when we got on the phone, and kept that Southern dialect for approximately 15 minutes after hanging-up with Boyd.

2. If you were truly in Boyd’s inner circle, he would call you from the restroom.

3. I’ve stayed in a North Dakota hotel with Boyd and Grace, pheasant hunting, that was decorated like a women’s prison. I don’t know what a women’s prison looks like, but I imagine it looked like this place. This “hotel,” yes the doors were on the inside, obviously accepted bird dogs.

4. I got the nickname “Fancy Pants” while making calls with Boyd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Boyd made sure this nickname stuck.

5. Now for the reality of Boyd checking in on you. He would ask you how you were doing, but the conversation would inevitably turn into 30 minutes of Boyd telling you about his dogs and the latest hunting trip he and Grace had taken. You knew this was going to be the case every time you answered the phone, and you loved every minute of it.

I loved this man... and had the opportunity to tell him that on a few occasions. That love was the love you have for your true friends. I also know that he loved Grace. Grace, you got into bird hunting for this man... and I know that nothing made Boyd happier than getting to share that with you. And I have to say, if Jesus has never heard a bird hunting story, he’s already heard a few since Boyd came to town.

I’ll close with this... Boyd and Grace came to Missouri to quail hunt with me and my father a few years ago. My father, Harold Detjen, is here today at Boyd's service. He hunted with Grace the majority of that day and got the biggest kick out of her. He called her “Ms. Vito;" if you have ever seen My Cousin Vinny, you will know that character. I know my dad is here to support me today and pay his respects to a man I loved. I also know that he is here to support Grace, as he still talks about that day and his time hunting with her often. My father was with Boyd and Grace for eight hours that day. My wish... may we all have people in our lives that move our family to show that kind of support, even if they only knew them via stories or for just a handful of hours.

I only knew Boyd’s children through stories, but I can tell you that every one of those stories was filled with a father’s love. God bless Boyd Ross, and may God bless everyone that loved this man.




Saturday February 02, 2019
Condolence From: Mike McWilliams
Condolence: C.B. III, as we called him so many years and miles ago, was a great teammate and friend. He loved life and couldn't wait to share it you. Maybe it was driving the K-5 Blazer or the Datsun B-210 with the woman's voice reminding him to turn off the lights. He never bragged about the bombs he caught from his Q.B. and friend or the line drives his Mom encouraged him to shoot through the gaps. Glad to see from the video history, he never lost his love of life and family. May he pitch tomorrow with C.B. sitting on his 5 gallon bucket commanding, "Rock -N- Fire".
Mike "Big Mac" McWilliams
Saturday February 02, 2019
Condolence From: Rob Lovi
Condolence: Boyd was a friend, colleague and fellow trainee from 96-2! A great friend and always made us laugh. Our condolences to Grace and his family.
Friday February 01, 2019
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Condolence: Boyd Ross was one of the best and he will be truly missed. Our deepest sympathies to Boyd's family and those that loved him.
-Gary McGinnis, Ozarko Tire Centers, Inc.
Friday February 01, 2019
Condolence From: Shane LeRow
Condolence: Boyd was a great colleague, but more important a better friend. He will be missed by all, and I regret the distance since I talked to him last. Rest in peace, brother. You will not be forgotten.
Thursday January 31, 2019
Condolence From: Mike Severson
Condolence: My sincere condolences to Gracie and the Ross family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.🙏🙏🙏
Thursday January 31, 2019
Condolence From: Janice Bishop
Condolence: Our love and prayers to all of the family in the loss of Boyd. Mary, your friends from Clemson love you!
Thursday January 31, 2019
Condolence From: Thomas H. Brown
Condolence: It is difficult for me to think of Boyd Ross without realizing the significant positive impact and influence he had on me and everyone he met during his brief lifetime. He exhibited the true loving spirit of God and we were blessed to have known him.

Retiree/Michelin North America
Thursday January 31, 2019

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