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Richard "Dick" Duane Ross

March 13, 1940 — December 26, 2018

Mr. Richard Duane Ross, age 78, lifelong resident of Wilmot Township, PA., passed away on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018.  

 

          Dick was born in Towanda, PA, on March 13, 1940, the son of the late William & Edna Fenton Ross.  He grew up in Hollenback on the family farm and graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School, class of 1958. On August 25, 1962, Dick married the former Joan Ann Loftus of Wyalusing, PA – the couple celebrated 56 years of marriage.  The couple raised their six children on Oak Hill. 

 

In his younger years, Dick worked for Huffman Brothers in Wyalusing and retired from GTE Sylvania after 36 years of service.  He worked for Avon Transport in his retirement. 

 

          Hobbies included his pulling horses and locals often saw Dick with his team pulling carriages thru local parades and celebrations.  He was also known for giving bob-sled rides around Oak Hill.  .  He enjoyed participating and watching horse-pulls, often accompanied by his children and the Jim McGee family.  Dick’s passion was foxhunting – he was a founding member of the Northeast PA Foxhunters Association, as well as a past president and vice-president of the organization.  He was a present director of the Pennsylvania State Fox/Coyote Hunters Association, along with being a past vice-president and secretary and was also involved with the Mason-Dixon Foxhunters Association having served as a past vice-president.  Dick was often found out with his hounds, on a back road cooking soup on the tailgate of his truck for fellow hunters.  Dick was also a life member of the Wyalusing Volunteer Firemen’s Association, volunteering countless hours during the Wyalusing Fireman’s Carnival.  It was a rare occasion for Dick to miss breakfast at Bob’s Restaurant in Wyalusing, PA, and the opportunity to aggravate his favorite waitress, Lisa.  Dick loved the Wyalusing and Northeastern PA area and was quite a local character to everyone who knew him.

 

Surviving:

 

Spouse:

Joan Loftus Ross                                                at home

 

Children:

Elizabeth “Betsey” Ross                                    Seabrook, NH

Barbara Kropelnicki                                          Sugar Run, PA

James “Jim” (Michelle) Ross                                LeRoy, PA

Julia M. Chapman                                              Wyalusing, PA

Kathleen (Mark) Cegelis                                   Hampstead, NH

Karen Ross                                                         Forty Fort, PA

 

Brothers and sisters-in-law:

Donald Ross                                                       Milan, PA

Eugene (Jean) Ross                                          Sayre, PA

Gerald Ross                                                        Sayre, PA

George "Jay" (Marilyn) Ross                            Sugar Run, PA

Ronald (ReeAnn) Ross                                      Sugar Run, PA

 

Sister and brother-in-law:

Kathy (Richard) Vosik                                      Mehoopany, PA

 

Sister-in-law:

Barbara Loftus Perrone                                     West Chester PA

 

Grandchildren:

Christopher (Lisa) Kropelnicki              

Veronica Kropelnicki                                       

Nathaniel (Sara) Ross                                       

Codie (Becca) Ross                       

Kellsy Ross                                                        

John Ross Chapman                                         

Patrick Thayne Chapman                                 

Anthony Cegelis                                               

Isabella Cegelis                                                 

 

Great-grandchildren:

Leah and Lakelyn Ross                                    

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, and several great-nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

          He was predeceased by a brother, William “Buster” Ross; in-laws, John and Isabelle Loftus; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Y. Ross and Margaret Ross; brother-in-law, Charles Perrone.

 

               A Transferal Service will be held on Monday, December 31, 2018, at 10:30 A.M. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Wyalusing, PA, with the Rev. Joseph P. Kutch, MA, pastor of St. Michael’s parish, Canton, PA, presiding.  Interment will follow in the Wyalusing Cemetery. Dick will be transported to Mass and to the Cemetery aboard Wyalusing Valley Fire Departments Antique 1939 Pumper.

 

               Friends and family may call on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA 18853 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. and again from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

              

          Memorial contributions be sent to the Wyalusing Volunteer Firemen’s Association, PO Box 86, Wyalusing, PA 18853 or the Pennsylvania Fox Hunter Association Youth Scholarship Fund, 118 Commerce Drive, Scott Twp., PA 18447.


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