Donald Ross

Donald Edward Ross

Tuesday, July 27th, 1965 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Donald Edward Ross of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away August 10th, 2020 at the age of 55. Don was born on July 27th, 1965 in Oil CIty, Pennsylvania and was the youngest of 9 children. He was preceded in death by his older brother and survived by his other seven loving brothers and sisters. He was born to Melvin James Ross and Margaret “Nikki” Ross who he joined in Heaven. He was a beloved father survived by three girls, Shannon Nicole Ross the oldest, Jamie Michelle Ross the middle, and Jessi Anne Ross the youngest, as well as his adoring granddaughter born to Shannon, Lilliana Nicole Koole. He is also survived by the mother of their children, Deb “Ski” Ross, who has always been his best friend.

Don was a graduate of Tionesta High School in PA and immediately joined the United States Air Force at the age of 18. He proudly served for 10 years as a B-52 mechanic, was a Veteran in Desert Storm, and received the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. He was a dedicated American who loved his country and always proudly displayed his flag. He had a strong love for nature (especially daisies) and enjoyed every beautiful day as well as any thunderstorm that rolled through. He was a gifted writer, specifically when it came to poetry and left us with many writings we will cherish always. One of his favorite things were the long conversations he shared with his friends and loved ones. He thanked God for the little things such as beautiful days, warm water, and seeing his girls smile.

Those who knew him always said he was the life of every party. In Don’s Mother’s poem to her 9 children, “Tribe of Indians,” (as she liked to call them) her words about her baby boy were, “The youngest, and a clown, a happy jolly boy, may he not change when a man, and bring all he meets some joy.” Without a doubt we all know he did just that, time and time again.

“A comedian can only last until he either takes himself serious, or his audience takes him serious.”
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Posted at 03:47pm
Jamie, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I hope you are able to find peace in this difficult time. All my thoughts and prayers.
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Sherry fish

Posted at 09:29am
My Hart is so sad for all the Family and friends of Don. Please know he is in a better place with all who passed befor him. I feel so blessed to have know Don. God be with your family.


Sherry Vogan

Posted at 08:38am
I have such sorrow in my heart and am so saddened by Donny’s death. There are so many memories of Donny growing up and he definitely was a comedian! Sean and Donny were the best of friends and always kept us laughing. There are so many memories that are running thru my mind right now I don’t even think I could put it to words. I had got your phone number from Laurie and was to call, my intention was too do so, but just never did. Now it’s too late to laugh with an old friend. You Rest In Peace Donny and keep them laughing, give Mel and Nikki a hug from me. We all love you in Oil City!!
And to Donny’s family, I am so sorry about your loss. I can’t even comprehend how you must feel. For what ever reason the Lord has called him home for a greater purpose will never make it easier. Nothing I can say will make it better, but I hope you can find comfort that he is home now and at peace. And to Kathy, Laurie and Brian I know your loss is great to lose your “little” brother. Even though you are all in different states you believe you will always be there. I am in such shock that Donny’s gone. I am deeply sorry and may he Rest In Peace.
Kathy I will give you some time and will call, I promise not to let calls I should have made go again.
With Deep Sorrow,

Aubrey Meconi

Posted at 06:26pm
Fly High Don! Rest peacefully. My deepest sympathies to the Ross family & friends. Much love & compassion to all who are grieving
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Tena Barkley

Posted at 04:51pm
I’m so sorry to hear about Don. He was a wonderful person and always had a smile on his face. We were stationed together in the ‘80s in Minot. ND . We had some great times, camping every summer, lots of parties, and just hanging out. He, as well as the other guys In the shop, were like big brothers to me, as I was the only female.

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