Ross L Toles III

LAPEER, MI, USA U.S. Navy PO1, MOB ACCT OPS ZEROK, AFGHANISTAN 06/18/2008

“”Bud” will be missed by all but his memory and courage will touch our lives forever.”

“He helped shape me into the person I am today..”

Ross “Bud” Laval grew up in Davison but lived in North Branch.

Ross dedicated almost 20 years of his life to the U.S. Navy. During his service he earned several awards and decorations that included the 2007 Selres Sailor of the Year Award, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, two Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medals, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, a Navy ‘E’ Ribbon and a Humanitarian Service Medal.

He raised a family who believed in the role of loyalty to family and country to the highest order. He was considered by his co-workers as a vibrant, free-spirited person who was always willing to lend a helping hand; and by his Lieutenant Commander as being the best in the field of public works and construction battalions.

He was assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Sharana in Afghanistan.

Ross died from wounds suffered in a rocket attack in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 18th 2008. He was 37 years old.

He is survived by his wife and three sons.

Ross’ portrait is also located on Poster 7