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Bradley Ray Ross

July 31, 1920 ~ July 31, 2020 (age 100)

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On Friday, July 31, 2020, Bradley Ross, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, entered into eternal life at age 87. He was born in Swan Creek, Illinois and resided in Danville for many years with his love, Joy Peters. They attended First Presbyterian Church and he was active in Silver Sneakers. He moved to Chattanooga three years ago to be near family.

Brad worked in the corrugated box industry since 1953 when he went to work for Knox Box in Galesburg, Illinois. He worked his way up from the factory to an industry leading designer. He designed boxes for many well-known products including the IBM Selectric typewriter in 1961. Later, he designed a method for closing a box without tape or glue, an idea which was revolutionary at the time, and it held a patent. Brad was a member of the Society of Packing and Handling Engineers and throughout the years knew many people in the box industry; Alton Box, International Paper, General Box, St. Joe Paper, Georgia Pacific Corporation, Consolidated Packaging, U.S. Corrugated and Teepak. Finally, he served as a consultant for Phillips Corporation at many of their locations.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Betty Webb, of Dade City, Florida.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Kenneth Bare of Chattanooga; former wife, Darlene Bowman of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; granddaughter, Hillary Jones of Ringgold, Georgia and two great-grandchildren, Jack and Ava. He will also be missed by his loving, faithful caregiver, Ivan Buckner.

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