Troy Glenn Ross was born December 14, 1954 and passed away, January 9th, 2019. He was the second child of four children born to Troy J. and Dorris (Powers) Ross. Troy was raised until the age of 6 in Bellaire when his family moved to rural property outside of Katy, Texas.
His early years were filled enjoying the amenities of the land, fishing, hunting and tromping about the property playing childhood games. Quiet, attentive and methodically, he approached every task. Many a night he was up late studying doing his best to achieve good grades in school. Knowledge was wealth to him as he retained and could easily expound on many a subject. Troy was a man shaped in early life with the firm discipline of filling a day with a list of accomplishments.
At the age of 12 he assumed the role of "man of the house" when his father died. With a deep appreciation for his father's values he guided, corrected and protected his siblings to the best of his ability. Upon graduating from high school he pursued his dream of getting an engineering degree at Texas A&M. In a work/study program at TAMU he took semesters off working to at Layne Western and Houston Lighting & Power (HL&P). HL&P offered him an engineering position with a future too good to delay. He excelled in several positions with the company. In 1996, he retired to form his own business, SureFlo Septic Systems in the aerobic septic system industry.
Troy's knowledge of the industry made him a sought-after speaker at Texas Onsite Wastewater Association (TOWA), The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ) and Texas Engineering Extension Services’ (TEEX) educational conferences. Troy was a past president of TOWA who thoroughly enjoyed promoting the industry.
By retaining the family homestead, he enjoyed the fellowship of lifelong friends at barbeques and dinners. Friends enjoyed his quick-witted humor, loyal friendship and quiet affection. With experience-based knowledge and research, he developed a wide spectrum of interests and hobbies which made him a great conversationalist. Through living rurally he gained an appreciation for God’s handiwork in nature and living things – especially while doting on his dogs.
Troy is survived by his sister, Beth (Don) Easterling, his brothers, Bryan (Audrey) Ross, and Rodger (Donna) Ross, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and a host of cousins. An immediate family memorial will be planned in the coming months to lay Troy's ashes to rest.