Sheldon Ross Obituaries (1933 – 2022) – Delaware, OH
DELAWARE – Sheldon Ross, 89, of Delaware, Ohio, died March 13, 2022, surrounded by his family. Sheldon was born in Lewis Center, Ohio on January 10, 1933, the son of Afton and Edith (Colebeck) Ross.
His family moved to their farm in Ostrander, Ohio, where Sheldon later graduated from Scioto Valley High School. In high school, Sheldon attended a volleyball game against nearby Hyatts High School where he fell in love with Carolyn Evans after watching her volleyball ace serve.
After graduating, Sheldon joined the United States Navy. After graduating from boot camp, he and Carolyn were married in Norman, Oklahoma. During Sheldon’s time in the Navy, the family spent time in Oklahoma, Florida, California and Hawaii.
In the Navy, Sheldon became an aerial photographer, which would serve him well for his time after military service as a photographer with the Columbus Dispatch, eventually becoming chief photographer and retiring after 23 years. Sheldon also served as the family’s chief photographer, where he could be found at every family vacation, picnic, concert and sporting event capturing memories the family cherishes to this day.
Still wearing many hats and inspired by his beloved stepfather Thurman Evans, Sheldon later joined the Tri-Township Volunteer Fire Department first as a firefighter and then a lieutenant, working his way up to chief. assistant before becoming fire chief. Sheldon’s love for horses and riding led him to become a loyal volunteer for local 4H clubs and the FFA. Sheldon also volunteered for PIN, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, and was a consistent blood donor for the American Red Cross for over 65 years (where he could quite possibly hold the record for gallons donated) and has spent several years in Delaware. County Fair Board.
Although all of this kept Sheldon very busy, somehow he never missed a single ball game, concert, play, livestock show, or any of his events. children and grandchildren.
Never officially “retired,” Sheldon and Carolyn bought their dream retirement home, a quaint cabin in Delaware, Ohio, where he could be found on weekends and most of the summer feeding the birds. , tinkering in the yard and receiving guests. During the summer, if you couldn’t find him at the shack, you could find him at the ball diamond playing his 70+ and 75+ men’s softball league.
Sheldon was welcomed with open arms by his parents, Edith & Afton, his older brother Max, his younger sister Joyce, his dear friend and family member Carroll Fogle, his grandson Mark Lehman and countless other members of the family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Carolyn; his two sons Brad (Nancy) and Mitch (Cheryl); 4 grandchildren Erin (Josh) Amoroso, Tad (Tamara) Ross, Megan Lehman, Gabe (Erin Hurley) Ross; 7 great-grandchildren, Gavin, Atticus, Thurston, Chloe, Oliver, Lily and Nellie.
Calling hours will be Saturday, March 19 from 1-3 p.m. with a Celebration of Life service at 3 p.m. to be held at The Barn at Stratford, 2690 Stratford Rd. Delaware, Ohio 43015.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Sheldon’s memory may be made to the Delaware County Historical Society or the Preservation Parks of Delaware County (Gallant Farm in the “note” section).
At a later date, a private funeral service for family and close friends will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Ostrander.
Published by The Delaware Gazette from March 16 to March 17, 2022.