Richard Shelton Ross, 91, of Wakeman, passed away Friday, May 11, 2007, after a brief illness.
He was born March 25, 1916, at the family farm and resided there his entire life, with the exception of the years spent in the military. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Wakeman High School. Richard enlisted in the army in January of 1941. During his service in World War II he attended Infantry Officers Candidate School. He graduated with a commission and later attained the rank of captain. He was discharged in 1946 and, in 1950, he was recalled to active duty. He served in the Korean Military Advisory Group during the Korean War. In 1952 Richard returned to full-time farming in Wakeman.
He was a devoted husband and father and leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Lois (Hurst) Ross; sons, David (Patti) and Joel (Judy); his twin sister, Marjorie (Andy) Bradish; five grandchildren, Dennis, Mitchel, Lauren, Natalie and Stephen; and one great-grandchild, Jorden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Ruth Ross, and his son, Stephen.
Many hours of Richard's life were devoted to his church, Wakeman Congregational UCC and the community at large. He was a life-long member of the church, sung in the choir, served on various committees, was a Sunday school teacher and held the post of moderator. He served on the Huron County Board of Education for 15 years. He spent 11 of those years as one of the county representatives to the EHOVE Board of Education. He began serving on the vocational school board at its inception. Richard was a charter member of American Legion Post 689 and was on the board of directors of Wakeman Bank Company for 29 years. Spending time with his family and friends, farming, gardening, traveling and woodworking filled his retirement years.
Friends will be received from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until memorial services at 11 a.m. at Wakeman Congregational Church, 14 E. Abbott St.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Wakeman Congregational Church, P0 Box 92, Wakeman, OH 44889; Friends of the Wakeman Library, Box 217, Wakeman; or Salvation Army, 12 Akron St., New London, OH 44851.
Arrangements are being handled by Morman Funeral Home in Wakeman. Condolences may be made at www.mormanfh.com.