Russell M Ross

April 4, 1925 - June 1, 2017
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Russell M. Ross, 92 of Bolivar, died following a brief decline in health on Thursday, June 1, 2017 while in the care of Hennis Care Center at Bolivar.

Born at Canton, Ohio on April 4, 1925, Russell was a son of the late Olive B. (McKelveen) and Russell Ross.

A veteran of World War II, Russell served as a member o…

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Russell M. Ross, 92 of Bolivar, died following a brief decline in health on Thursday, June 1, 2017 while in the care of Hennis Care Center at Bolivar.

Born at Canton, Ohio on April 4, 1925, Russell was a son of the late Olive B. (McKelveen) and Russell Ross.

A veteran of World War II, Russell served as a member of the United States Navy. While making his way to port in Scotland, Russel was aboard the USS William H. Welch. The Welch, a Merchant Marine Ship, caught a rogue wave during a winter blizzard on February 26, 1944, and struck a rock sheer near land. The ship broke in half and sank leaving only 12 survivors among the nearly one hundred aboard. The 12 were rescued and housed by nearby villagers until the military were able to reach the survivors. Later in life, Russell had the opportunity to travel to Scotland and visit the area in which he and the other survivors were rescued and was welcomed again into the home in which he was nursed back to health. Of the 12, Russell was the last remaining survivor of that accident.

Russell married the love of his life, Alice Irene Huffman on March 20, 1947. Together the couple raised three children and shared in 65 years of marriage prior to her passing on January 25, 2013.

For 30 years, Russell was a maintenance man for Corundite Refractory at Zoar. He was a member of the Bolivar American Legion Post #190, a Lifetime Member of the Dover VFW, and a member of the Masonic Lodge at Bolivar. He was also a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ at Bolivar.

Russell leaves behind his loving family, his children, Barbara Goldsmith and Carol (David) Meiser, both of Bolivar, and his son, Richard (Dan Hill) Ross of Sugar Land, TX; his grandchildren, Tresha (John Fabynick) Goldsmith of Atlanta, GA, Brian (Michelle) Goldsmith and Cara (Nick) Alleshouse, both of Bolivar; his great-grandchildren, Brandon Goldsmith, Samantha Fabynick and Clayton Fabynick and many family friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, Russell was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Larry Goldsmith; and his step-mother, Ruth Ross.

The family will receive guests on Monday June 5, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover. Pastor Brian Flood will lead a service celebrating Russell’s life in the Dover Geib Center on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Ft. Laurens Cemetery at Bolivar. All are invited to join the family for a meal and fellowship in the Hospitality Room of the Dover Geib Center following services.

Memorial contributions in Russell’s name may be directed to either Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 1432 Tall Timber Rd NE, New Philadelphia.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

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5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

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5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Reception Information

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

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5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

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Tuscarawas County Humane Society

Phone: 330-343-6060

1432 Tall Timber Road NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: April 4, 1925
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Patty Stone posted on 6/6/17

To Russell's family, sending love and prayers at this time for the loss of your beloved! I really enjoyed seeing Russ everyday I was at work, he put a smile on my face no matter what! RIP my friend, rest in the arms of the angels, you will be missed greatly!

 

Judy Huffman Walker posted on 6/5/17

Dearest Family of My Dear Uncle Russell, I am so sorry that due to stents in my heart procedure last week, I have not been cleared by my doctor to travel from central Pennsylvania. I was hoping beyond hope I could come and give my dearest Uncle Russell one last hug on earth before we meet in Heaven! Like my brother Don Huffman, I can close my eyes and recall thousands of memories we shared with our cousins, Barb, Carol and Richard...amazing children of Aunt Alice and Uncle Russell. And then their grandchildren,Tresha,Brian and Cara and their mates added blessing to our lives! Uncle Russell was so loving and our family outings with our Ross family relatives have given us some of the most cherished memories of our lives. Our prayers for Heavenly Peace Uncle Russell.

 

Barb Berens posted on 6/5/17

You were always there for me just like the kids who really belonged in your house! And still there for me when my Dad died and after I moved back into their house. Together we almost managed to destroy the oak shelves in the dining room! That was one of my favorite lessons... You were SPECIAL, Pop and I'll never forget your part in my life. Barb

 

Don Huffman Jr. posted on 6/5/17

Our Uncle Russell and Aunt Alice and their children – Barb, Carol and Richard, our cousins, were part of many wonderful times growing up with our Ohio relatives. My sister Judy and I always looked forward to our visits (from Pittsburgh) and have many fond memories. I especially recall Uncle Russell’s love of family and being a big fan of Mercury cars and boat engines, boating and fishing and the outings at Atwood Lake. Folks like Russell and Alice are deservedly members of our “Greatest Generation”. Don Huffman Jr.

 

Makayla Locker posted on 6/3/17

My condolences to the whole family. I took care of Russell when I worked at Hennis. He was such a great guy, and so sweet and funny. So sorry for your loss.

 

Andrea Escola posted on 6/3/17

Thinking of the whole family, my condolences. ??

 

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