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Russell Ross
Russell RossHarnessRacingRussell Ross, age 87, formerly of Somersville, died unexpectedly Thursday, January 31, 2013 at his home in Bellefontaine.  He was born December 7, 1925 in West Liberty, Kentucky to the late William Fred and Eva (Hoverton) Ross.

On October 8, 1955 he married the former Vida Jean Parthemore in West Liberty and she died December 7, 2009.  He was also preceded in death by brothers, Mitchell and Homer Ross; step-children, Arthur Fields, Beverly Slonecker, Larry Fields and Barbara Brady; and special friend, Dorothy Dever.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during World War II.  He worked in the auto wrecking and used cars business, starting Ross Auto Wrecking in Richwood, which later became Kirby Auto Parts, and Ross Used Cars in Somersville.  A member of the Trotting and Pacing International Association, he loved to race ponies and play cards.

He is survived by his step-children, Charles “Chuck” Fields, Somersville; Sharon (Emerson) Young, Zephyr Hills, Florida; nephews, Mitchell (Anna) Ross, Richwood; Randy (Melanie) Ross, Marion; Scott (Tina) Hamilton, Richwood; daughter-in-law, Monica Fields, West Mansfield; son-in-law, Dave Slonecker, Richwood; 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Evelyn (Kenneth) Preston, Richwood; brother-in-law, Raymond (Nellie) Grandstaff, Apple Valley; and many nieces and nephews.  He was well cared-for by family members Debra Slonecker, Sabra Larry and Sharon Young.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Willis Moe officiating.  Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans.  Friends may call on Monday from 5 to 7 PM.

A memorial racing tribute will also be held at the Sunshine Raceway in Dade City, Florida on Sunday, February 24 at 1:00 PM.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center, 420 N James Rd., Columbus, OH  43219.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Betty Fields
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Sorry for the loss of a dear family member he will be missed. God Bless

#2 from: Mike Welch
Beaver Dam Az
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Sorry to hear about Russ Chuck

#3 from: Marianne Click
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! I know Russ will be greatly missed!

#4 from: Cindy Moyer
Bellefontaine,  Ohio
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Hi, I am Francy Funks daughter & I just wanted to extend my condolences to all of Russell's Family.  My mom enjoyed his company so much!  I had the pleasure of meeting him only once & could tell he was a great man.  He will never know how much he made my mom feel needed & that she had a good friend. God Bless You...

#5 from: Guy Stevens
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Greetings. I am very sorry for the loss of Russ. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

If there is a cause for donation please let me know, I would like to donate.

My condolences again and bless you all.

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