WOOSTER – James H. Ross, 64, of Wooster, died September 3, 2011, at his home.
Born April 28, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ford G. Ross and Anna (Kropf) Ross, he grew up in Wooster, graduating in 1965 from Wooster High School. After receiving a B. A. from Muskingum College in 1969, he was drafted and served 2 years in the U.S. Army with the 173rd Airborne Brigade as an infantry medic stationed in Vietnam.
Upon return to civilian life, he worked for Aetna Insurance Company as a claims adjuster in Akron and Toledo, Ohio. While working full time, Jim attended the University of Toledo College of Law at night, receiving a J.D. cum laude in 1981. He then returned to Wooster to enter practice with his father and brother as a third generation attorney in Ross Law Offices. In 1990, he received the William H.H. Wertz Service Award from Wooster-Wayne Legal Aid Society in recognition of his volunteerism on behalf of the Society.
Jim?s paternal relatives were among the earliest settlers of Wayne County, and he had a strong interest in the Wayne County Historical Society, where he had served as a board member and treasurer. Following cremation there will be interment at Hopewell Cemetery, which is adjacent to the farm of one of his forebears.
Military service had a strong impact on his life, reflected in active membership in the Barry G. Caruso Chapter 255 of Vietnam Veterans of America, where he served as past president and treasurer. Beginning in 1986, he was appointed as a member of the Wayne County Veterans Service Commission and had served as vice president. He was honored to provide legal work for the body that established the Wayne County Veterans Memorial located in Wooster Cemetery.
He was a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Indians and devoted free time to collecting books with an emphasis on history and the Civil War, and became an accomplished cook with a flair for developing his own recipes. He played golf on both high school and college teams and enjoyed league play for decades. In later years he enjoyed regular exercise and camaraderie through Wooster Community Hospital?s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
He was preceded in death by his father, who died in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Louise Keating, whom he married in 1999, his mother, brother William (Robbie) Ross, all of Wooster, sister Carolyn (Bill) Spalding, of Springfield, Ohio, niece Cathy Varney, of Lancaster, Ohio, nephew Brian (Suzi) Ross and great-nieces Julia and Mia Ross, all of Columbus, Ohio, numerous cousins, and many wonderful friends who provided great support during his last illness. Appreciation is extended to Trinity Home Care & Assisted Living and to Emma Yoder for all their assistance and friendship.
Donations in his memory may be made to James Ross Memorial Fund, which shall be used for incidental expenses at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial, % Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 255, P O Box 324, Wooster, Ohio 44691, or to a cause or charity of the donor?s choice.
Graveside service at Hopewell Cemetery in Holmes County will be held September 17, at 10:30 a.m. McIntire Davis & Greene is assisting the family with arrangements.
James Ross Memorial Fund, which shall be used for incidental expenses at the Wayne Co. Veterans Memorial, % Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 255, PO Box 324, Wooster, OH 44691 or to a cause or charity of the donor’s choice.
Graveside service at Hopewell Cemetery in Holmes Co. on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
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