Christopher Ross

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, August 28, 1957
Date of Passing: 
Friday, July 26, 2019

WOOSTER – Christopher Ross, 61, of Wooster passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019 at his home.

Chris was born in Wooster, Ohio in August, 1957. He was the youngest child of Anna and Robert Ross. Chris attended St. Mary’s Catholic school and was in the graduating class of 1975 of Wooster High School.

At an early age, Chris showed a strong interest in motorcycles. As the years passed, he followed in the footsteps of his older brothers and took up amateur road racing. He joined the family racing team and quickly surpassed the skills of his brothers. He was affectionately referred to as “Cosmo” for his colorful choices in racing leathers. Chris flourished under the tutelage of his brothers Bob, George, and John. With the support of his good friend, Ray Porter, he went on to ride for several endurance racing teams that competed throughout the Eastern States. Chris eventually turned pro and raced in several races in the Camel Pro Series.

Chris was an employee of Webb Atlas Heating and Cooling where he developed his skills in HVAC installation. Later, he relocated to Atlanta as a field service supervisor for Georgia Mechanical. The travel and demand for his services required him to spend extended periods of time living out of a travel trailer near the site where he supervised the work. Eventually Chris returned to Wooster and spent his last 12 years in his hometown with his companion Deb Saffle, who survives.

Also surviving are brothers Robert E. Ross, Harold J. Ross and John C. Ross; brother-in-law Ronald (Janet) Sheldon; Deb's children and grandchildren, Colin Saffle and Tara Saffle, Jazzlyn Laurer and Amira Hutton; nieces and nephews David Sheldon, Amy Bainbridge, Laura Banner, Elizabeth Peterson, Atalanta Ross and Cole Ross.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents, his brother George Ross and his sister Elizabeth Sheldon

Chris will be remembered as a generous person who loved being around people. He often visited family and friends unannounced to deliver fresh fruit or vegetables that he’d picked. He was a Steelers fan and could be found on Sundays at his mother’s house on Thomen Court watching the game and sharing a meal with the family he loved.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM at the Fredericksburg American Legion, 6353 Harrison Rd., Fredericksburg.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM at the Fredericksburg American Legion, 6353 Harrison Rd., Fredericksburg


Deb, I am so sorry to learn of the recent death of Chris - I did not realize that he had been ill.
You and his family are in my thoughts & Prayers. Give me a call sometime, or will see you at work at Drug Mart.
Hang in there. Charlotte Clampitt

Sorry for your loss. Have not seen Chris since our early riding days. Did not know he was ill. My condolences to the Ross family.

Chris's family is in our thoughts and prayers. Chris loved canning and making hot sauces. When he got tomatoes from our garden, later brought us a sample of his work! He was mostly cheerful and had a good sense of humor. We will miss him very much.

I was shocked to hear the news of Chris’ passing. I have many fond memories of Chris. As the youngest of the Ross brothers, Chris seemed like he had to do everything with more gusto and that gusto made him a lot of fun to be around. Watching him race motorcycles brought exciting moments to all of us who were in awe of what appeared to be a natural talent. After he went pro, I remember his brother John telling me about the admiration and respect he received from fellow riders. I was able to track down a quote from Greg Kirby who was a frequent competitor of Chris’. He said:
“You know the first time I spoke to Chris was in the pits at Nelson’s when he was standing there looking at the 500 Interceptor he was riding that just blew up and was sitting there smoking. He’d beaten me in an earlier race and I said to him “why couldn’t that happen in the race before ?” He looked at me real serious and said “you’d have liked that wouldn’t you?” If looks could kill I’d have been dead right there! At that moment I sure wasn’t thinking we’d ever be friends. Funny how things work out. “
Since his passing, I’ve reminisced a lot about the good old days and it always brings a smile to my face.

I hung out all the time with Chris and his brother, my buddy, John. We were all a bunch of crazy middle schoolers in the early 70s: good times, lots of laughs. I'll miss him: deepest condolences to the surviving family.

Deb, I am so sorry to hear about Chris. I will be praying for you and all of the family! May God comfort you all. Love and hugs.

My sincere condolences to the Ross family and Deb.
Chris was such a dear friend. In our younger days we enjoyed several shenanigans: hanging out in the valley, 24 hour race at Nelson and Halloween in Vandelia. I think back and giggle to myself.
I will truly miss you "Rossco"
Till we see each other again on the other side.

Wish I could be there to celebrate your life.....

we were good freinds chris was a great man

This really saddens me. I worked with Chris and John at Briggs Heating. Lots of great memories. Such a kind soul and lots of good laughs.

Deb and Rosco's family: Every day I miss his humor as he kidded me from next door at the park. I miss fishing with him. I miss his taking the fish, cleaning them and bringing them back cooked. I never heard him say a mean spirited word and I enjoyed his friendship. It is a quiet camp these days.

Such a great guy I have so many great memories of riding dirt bikes and hanging out with
The Ross boys. All such great People's he will be missed by many.

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