Russell Ross


Russell A. Ross, 90, of Defiance, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Paulding County, Ohio, on March 4, 1922, the son of the late Madison and Hazel (Hauschlater) Ross. Russell was a graduate of Paulding High School, an Army veteran of World War II, a life member of Defiance VFW Post 3360, a member of the DAV Chapter 36, a member of the Mason's Tuendawie Lodge 195 and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He had worked as a dental lab technician.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fleta I. Colwell, who died Oct. 1, 1994; his son, Jerry, who died Sept. 10, 2006; his first wife, Edna May Linn; and his parents.

Surviving are nieces, Linda Reinhart of Paulding and Marcia (Morris) Brune of Paulding; a nephew, Lanny Ross of Coconut Grove, Florida; great-nephews, Scott (Laura) Brune of Fort Wayne and Greg (Ann) Reinhart of Paulding; and a special friend, Julia Hart of Paulding.

Services are at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, with Rev. Eric Peltz officiating. Visitation is from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, and an hour before services Wednesday at Lawson-Roessner, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, where VFW Post 3360 will conduct honorary military graveside rites.

Suggested memorials are to the American Heart Association or First Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be shared at

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