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William "Bill" Arthur Ross, 85, Greentown, entered into eternal rest at his home at 12:17 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. He was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 11, 1932, to the late Clarence Ross and Sarah Elizabeth (Harris) Speicher. He was raised by Gilbert and Sara Elizabeth Speicher. On April 9, 1955, in Marion, William married Juanita (Moore) Ross, and she preceded him in death Oct. 18, 1993.
Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1953, and he retired from Chrysler Transmission, Kokomo, where he worked in Department 84 (15 years), Department 82 (5 years), and Department 25 (13 years). He enjoyed woodworking and playing his guitar. Bill was a member of UAW 685 and Greentown Family Christian Church, where he mowed the church lawn and had painted most of the church at one time or another.
He is survived by his son, William "Bill" (Shannan) Ross; granddaughter, Amy (Ernie) Parkin; great-grandchildren, Sydra Ross and Francis Parkin; his sister and step-sister; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and wife.
The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. to noon with Bill's funeral service beginning at noon Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Rybolt Chapel, 314 N. Washington St., Swayzee. Burial will follow at Thrailkill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to American Diabetes Association, 6415 Castleway W. Drive, Suite 114, Indianapolis, IN 46250 and American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.
Published on January 17, 2018
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