Ross D. Sackett ---- March 26, 1930 -- Aug. 16, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

  Ross D. Sackett, 77, died of pneumonia on Aug. 16 in Fontana, Wisc. He was born March 26, 1930, in LaGrange Ill., the son of DeForest and Margaret (Ross) Sackett.

  Sackett moved to Eureka Springs in 1978 after holding executive positions with Holt Reinhart and Winston, CBS Educational Group and Encyclopedia Britannica.

  After leaving the corporate world, he owned and operated various small companies in the early childhood education field.

  He also bought and restored 14 Victorian houses in Eureka Springs and operated a small publishing company that produced, among other things, "The Complete Map and Guide to Eureka Springs, Arkansas." The map combined his interests in hiking and the town he loved, which he referred to as "The town where misfits fit." There was not a street, trail or path in Eureka Springs he did not walk.

  In recent years, Sackett divided his time between his home in Fontana and Eureka Springs. He loved books, architecture, music, sports and enjoyed friendships with a large and eclectic mix of people.

  He is survived by his wife, Skip; two sons, Scott and Stuart; two daughters, Cynthia Haberman and Amy Guthrie; two brothers, James and David; and 12 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son David Ross Sackett.

  A memorial service is planned for later this year.