The Ross family was born and raised in Wayne County. The clan consists of Ronnie and Anna Lea, (better known as Gran & Gramps), their son Jeff and wife Danita have four kids - Erica, Jaclyn, Charity and finally a boy, Justus. Their daughter Lisa and husband Scott have three kids - Eric, Karissa and Luke.
LEERJAK Ranch began in 1996 with the purchase of 600 acres by the Ross family. Soon after learning the history of the Albert Costner farm, and realizing they had purchased a portion of it, the family set out to piece the farm back together. As of 2008, approximately 600 acres is all that is missing from the original 3,500 acres.
Scrambled and unscrambled, the name LEERJAK was derived as an acronym using the first letter of the Ross family names and those of three grandkids (all of ‘em at the time) - Lisa, Eric, Erica, Ronnie, Jeff, Anna Lea, Karissa.
About our "big cabin" - well... Gran and Gramps wanted to build a cabin by the lake and Jeff and Lisa both said, "Make room for me!" Then Jeff, being a big guy, said, "I like lots of space" and Lisa loving the look of attic ceilings, says "just give me the attic." Since our family likes getting together, we designed and built the cabin big enough to accommodate everyone. It has been lots of fun!
Our family has been in business since 1965. We have used LEERJAK Ranch, also known as "the reservation", as a quiet place to escape our fast paced life. It has been used primarily to grow hay, raise Black Angus cattle, enjoy our Missouri Foxtrotters and Tennessee Walking horses, hunt, fish and of course, go four wheelin' on the trails! The family has been truly blessed to have such a beautiful place to enjoy. However, after all these years in business, we couldn't resist a new challenge. For the past couple of years, we have discussed the idea of sharing this place and I suppose the thrill of a new challenge was just too appealing! So, we voted. The decision was unanimous – open LEERJAK Off-Road Ranch!
It was a little hard for Ronnie to see all that gravel spread over our "green grass" to make roads and skim "more green grass" off and pour sand down 1,100 feet in the middle of our 150 acre field! Can you imagine how a farmer at heart, felt?
We hope you'll enjoy "our little piece of heaven on earth" as much as we do!
Welcome to our off-road ranch - Where the asphalt ends - the adventure begins!