Eugene S. Ross, formerly of Howard Street, Jamestown, N.Y., went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 24, 2012, from Clare Bridge Nursing Home in Winter Haven, Fla.
Gene was born in Ludlow, Pa., on Feb. 28, 1922, to H. Stacey Ross and Edith (Carlson) Ross. As a child, he moved with his parents to Jamestown where he resided until February 2011, following the death of his beloved wife of 63 years, Inez (Johnson) Ross. At that time, he moved to Lake Wales, Fla. to live with his daughter, Deb Creasy, and her husband, Don.
Until his retirement in 1984, Gene worked as a licensed electrician in the Jamestown area. His hobbies were baseball, bowling and golf. Following his retirement, he also enjoyed traveling, gardening, working on home improvement projects and "puttering" in his basement and garage. Gene was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend.
Eugene S. Ross
A graduate of Jamestown High School, Class of 1940, Gene served from 1942 to 1945 in the Army Air Force mostly in Europe where he maintained machine guns and loaded bombs on P-47s, fighter planes that were used to escort B-17s. Following the war, Gene returned to Jamestown and became a member of I.B.E.W. #106 in April 1948. He also belonged to Injald Lodge #65, I.O.V. and War Vets Recreation Inc. He was a 40-year member of American Legion Post #0777 and also a member of Christ First United Methodist Church.
In addition to his daughter Deb Creasy (Don) of Lake Wales, Fla., Gene is survived by four other children: Sandy Mallare (Mark) of Columbia, Md., John Ross (Wendy) of Falconer, N.Y., Barb Karr (Scott) of Boonsboro, Md., and Jeff (Kathi) Ross of Fredonia, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Larry Ross of Jamestown; and eight nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife and his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Elaine Bratt of Brewerton, N.Y.; his niece, Karen Ross-Crossley of Jamestown; and his nephew, Randy Bratt of Liverpool, N.Y.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Gene's life Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at Seeley Chapel of Schwab Manor at Heritage Village, Gerry, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heritage Ministries, 3017 N. Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701 or Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 2393 E.F. Griffin Road, Bartow, FL 33803.