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Rodney Thomas Ross, 68, of Monumental Community, passed from this world into his heavenly home on Monday (Dec. 18, 2017) at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Massillon, Ohio, on May 17, 1949 a son of the late Patsy and Katherine Knight Ross.
Ron attended Massillon Washington High School and was an avid Massillon Tiger fan.
He served in the Army and fought with honor in the Vietnam War. After moving to West Virginia, Rod attended and graduated from Fairmont State University with a Regent's Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981. He worked of the state of West Virginia and then went to work at the U.S. Postal Service, where he retired after many years as a letter carrier.
Rodney leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 44 years, Melanie Farrell Ross, and daughter, Lauren E. Ross. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren, Jacob Snyder, Julianna D'Alfonso and Bella Ross who brought him much joy; a brother, Randy Ross and wife Ginny; his sisters, Nancy Briggs and husband Bob, and Sue Repp and husband Dave; a brother-in-law, J. Richard Farrell and wife Darla; a sister-in-law, Joanne Butts and husband Gerry; a brother-in-law, Thomas Pakela; a sister-in-law, Debbie Aldridge; a daughter-in-law, Marty Vansickle and husband David; as well as many nieces and nephews; and his very special friend, Erric Waddell.
Besides his parents, Rodney was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Anna Ross, and James and Eva Davis; his wife's parents, Guy and Elizabeth Farrell; sister-in-law, Bonnie Farrell Pakela; brother-in-law, John Farrell; stepson, Michael A. D'Alfonso; and nephew, Sean R. Farrell.
Rodney had a special love for music and was always ready to pick out a tune with his many musician friends, especially at his camp on the river in Romney, where he truly enjoyed spending time with his camp family. Rod never knew a stranger, and was loved by so many friends. We know "Rockin' Rod" is jammin' out with the angels and is at peace.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org or the St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908.
Published on December 22, 2017
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