Lester Neil Ross, 90

NEW CUMBERLAND — Lester Neil Ross, 90, of New Cumberland, W.Va., passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, after a courageous battle with PNH, a rare blood disease.

Lester was born July 19, 1926, at the family home on Ross Road, New Cumberland, the first child of the late Ray and Belle (Drake) Ross.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ruby Bailey Ross; a son, Robert Neil Ross; four infant grandchildren, Heather, Jennifer and Stephen Ross and Christopher Miller; a great-granddaughter, Jonevaeh Miller; and two sisters, Ilene Ross Biela and Juanita Ross Dodds.

He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia Irene Chenoweth Ross, whom he married July 6, 1946; sons and daughter-in-laws William Thomas and Barb Ross of New Cumberland, and John Phillip and Ann Ross of North Kingstown, RI; daughter and son-in-law Louanne and Ed Huff of New Cumberland; daughter-in-law Sondra (Cross) Ross of Ashburn,Va; grandchildren, Dr. Jeffrey (Laura) Miller, Sharri Ross (Ed) Dean, Jason (Cyndi) Miller, Robert N. (JoLaine) Ross Jr., William T. Ross III, James P. Ross, Shelby R. Ross, Virginia “Gingie” Ross, Catherine J. Ross, Eric Huff and Rachel Huff (Mike) Soria. Survivng great-grandchildren are Meagan J. Miller, Caleb J. Miller, Kyle M. Miller, Eddie Dean, Lauren Dean, Hali Miller, Robbie Ross, Grace Dean, Emmelina Ross and Audrey Soria. Also surviving are siblings Myrna (Don) Livingston, Linda Ross Marsh, Thomas R. (Sheila) Ross, David E. (Linda) Ross, Ronald W. (Kathy) Ross; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and several foster grandchildren who called him “Pap.”

Mr. Ross was retired as a Sub Station Operator from National (Weirton) Steel, with 30 years of service, at the age of 57. He also worked as Maintenance Supervisor at Weirton Geriatric Center from 1979-88; and was owner of several businesses in New Cumberland, including Frontier Sports, and Ross Heating & Electric. He enjoyed owning and training thoroughbreds at Mountaineer (then Waterford) Park.

Lester was an avid outdoorsman all his life, hunting big game in Africa, the Yukon, British Columbia, Quebec, and throughout the United States, including Alaska. He traveled to 49 of the 50 states and five countries. He also enjoyed taking his wife on a Caribbean Cruise, visiting seven islands. He was an entrepreneur and always a hard worker, still dealing at area gun shows until his passing. He devoted many hours to his woodworking skills and the fruits of his labor can be found in the homes of his family and friends, as well as his church. Over the years, he donated thousands of volunteer hours, electrical and plumbing supplies, and gifts to the community and church.

Mr. Ross joined Point Pleasant United Methodist Church in New Cumberland, in 1941, where he served on many boards, sang in the choir and lent his skills on several mission trips to southern West Virginia. He sang tenor with the Weirton Steel Mens Chorus and the Hancock County Singing Seniors. He was also a member of the Weirton Steel 25 Year Club, National Rifle Association, Chester-Newell Sportsman Club (life member), Northern Panhandle Trappers, North American Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and Safari Club International. A former Boy Scout leader, he was awarded the Jack Harris Award for Scouting. He was also co-founder of the Wyandot Archery Club in New Cumberland.

According to his wishes, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held at a later date with his grandson, Dr. Jeffrey Miller, officiating. Any memorial tributes should be directed to the Point Pleasant U.M. Church, The National Rifle Association, or any of the organizations named above.

The family wishes to thank Pastor Michael Rowe, Drs. Cowher, Stepp, Murty and DiBiase, and the staff of the Weirton Cancer Center for the care and support given to our Dad.

Turley Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.