Ross A. Hirschfeld, age 67 of Benedict, NE, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Sunday, December 4, 2016 in Lincoln. He was born November 30, 1949 at York, NE to J.D. and Verla (Cotner) Hirschfeld. He graduated from Benedict High School with the class of 1968 and attended Curtis School of Agriculture for one year. On November 30, 1969 he was married to Patty Doremus in York. The union was blessed with three children, Kimberly, Chad and Jason. Ross and Patty made their home near Benedict where Ross was a lifelong farmer and livestock producer.
Ross was a jokester and story teller. His repertoire of jokes was endless and he enjoyed sharing them with anyone who would listen. He loved farming and raising hogs and continually passed that love on to his children and grandchildren. Ross was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Benedict, the York County Ag Society, Pork Producers, past member of the Benedict School Board, was a York County 4-H Leader, member of NSR and CPS Associations, CPS Hall of Fame Inductee, and received an honorary degree from the York FFA.
He is survived by his wife Patty of Benedict, his daughter Kimberly Hirschfeld-Cotton of York, sons Chad (Misty) Hirschfeld of Benedict and Jason (Jennifer) Hirschfeld of York. His grandchildren include, Creighton Hirschfeld, Chase Cotton, Brynn Hirschfeld, Atleigh Hirschfeld, Addison Cotton, Reese Hirschfeld, Kendyl Hirschfeld and Breckon Hirschfeld. Also surviving are two brothers, Roger (Betty) Hirschfeld and Ronald (Sharon) Hirschfeld all of Benedict and sister, Linda (Steve) Peterson of York. Sister-in-law Cinda Hild of York, brother-in-laws Robert (Terri) Doremus of Polk and David (Mary) Doremus of Benedict. He is also survived by special friends Greg and Julie Norman, along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Ross never knew a stranger and was the first to lend a helping hand.
Ross was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, December 8, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, York, NE, with the Reverend Dan Spearow officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, and continue on Wednesday from 9-8:00 pm with his family greeting friends later that evening from 6-8:00 pm at Metz Mortuary, York. Memorials may be directed to the Benedict United Methodist Church, and a scholarship fund aimed at helping future Ag leaders.
Condolences may be emailed to Metz Mortuary Messages will be given to the family.