RAVENNA - Ralph Snyder Ross Jr., 89, of Ravenna, passed into eternal life on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Robinson Memorial Hospital of natural causes with his family by his side.
He was born on Oct. 12, 1924, in Southington, the son of the late Ralph Snyder and Lillian E. Crandall Ross Sr.
Ralph married the love of his life, Pauline M. Gill, on July 3, 1948. They enjoyed 65 blessed years of marriage together, spending most of their married life in Nelson Township.
He went to Michigan State Farrier School, and Ralph and Pauline owned and operated Ralph's Horse Shoeing for more than 40 years in the Nelson, Garrettsville and Warren area.
They have lived in Ravenna at Emeritus Assisted Living for the past two years, Garrettsville from 2005, and formerly of Nelson Township for 46 years.
Ralph was a member of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, where he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was also a member of the Disabled Veterans Chapter 11 in Warren and the VFW Post 674 in Garrettsville.
He had a passion for horses and dogs, and was a charter member of the Trumbull County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol for many years, and then became a member of the Portage County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol.
Memories of Ralph will be carried on by his loving family, his wife, Pauline of Ravenna; his two sons and their wives, Dennis (Beverly) Kay Ross of Haw River, N.C., and Terry (Jami) Ross of Cooper City, Fla.; his sister, Betty Niemi of Lake Worth, Fla.; his brother and his wife, Kenneth (Sandy) Ross of Woodland Park, Colo.; his grandchildren and spouses, Timothy (Redina) Ross, Shelly (Jim) Householder, Zachary Ross, Kena and Joyce, and Jacob Heffernan; and his great-grandchildren, Trevor, Taylor, Emma Rae Ross, Hailey Householder, and Killian, Capri, Kenzie, Naale and Journey Heffernan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Tera Ross.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Garrettsville.
The family asks that all contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, in memory of Ralph S. Ross Jr.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home Inc., 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440. Family and friends may view this obituary online or send condolences at www.jamesfuneral-homeinc.com