Ralph Roland Ross, Jr.
July 19, 1945 - March 1, 2016
R. Ross, Jr., also known affectionately by family and friends as Bob
or Bobby, passed away March 1, 2016 at his home in the Pocono Mountains
of Pennsylvania. Bobby is survived by his mother, Florence Ross, of
Viera, Fla.; his brothers Mike (Sara), of Panama City, Fla., and Grant
(Mary Yan), of Orlando, Fla.; nephews Brian, Spencer and Alix; grandnephews
Andrew and Jacob; and grandnieces Sophia, Gabriella and Shonna. He
was predeceased by his father, Lt. Col. Ralph R. Ross, Sr., and his
sister Kimberly Ann Doyle. Bobby is also survived by his life partner
Born in Pyote, Texas on Rattlesnake AFB on July 19, 1945 and having
been raised in an Air Force family, Bobby aspired from an early age
to follow in his father's footsteps. In pursuit of this dream, he
set and achieved high academic goals, athletic success in football
and wrestling in high school and leadership as his senior class president
of Annandale High, Annandale, Va. He failed to receive his appointment
upon graduation but qualified for a scholarship to Culver Military
Academy as preparation for his admittance into his Academy class in
Bobby is an alumnus of The Air Force Academy, Class of 1968. Upon
graduation he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command where he had
assignments in Cheyenne, Wyo., where he served as a missile officer;
then in Guam as protocol officer and ended his career in St. Louis,
Mo. While on assignment in Southeast Asia he earned a Bronze Star
for Meritorious Service.
His classmates at the Academy will acknowledge that Bobby put up some
resistance to the structure of Academy life and Bobby always believed
that he held the record for doing "tours" his freshman year
for failing to adhere to the rules. Known for his outgoing personality
and social manners, he endeared himself to many of his classmates
and was recognized for this in his yearbook.
Bobby's identity throughout his life was one of simple consistency,
hard work, endurance, friendliness, trustworthiness, loyalty, honesty,
optimism, helpfulness, and bravery. He never met a stranger and would
always show genuine interest for anyone he met. He made any of his
friends feel like family and his bond with his friends had no limit.
All of his personality traits were only enhanced by his military experience.
Like many, his service to his country was always considered a privilege
as an American. His pride for his service came out only occasionally,
but when it did it was clear that it was an honor that he felt strongly
After his service in the Air Force he pursued a career in business
and entrepreneurship that included sales, finance and property management.
His successes in business were always a foregone conclusion for anyone
who knew Bobby's persistence. His researching nature and his resolve
to achieve the goals he set, provided him with all he needed for success.
His love for his family was always clearly demonstrated to his parents
and his two brothers and sister. After his father passed, Bobby made
sure that his mother was his priority and showed his love by living
close to her and looking after her needs.
Bobby's now rests at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Fla.
near the ocean and his home in Cocoa Beach that he loved. Bobby's
spirit will endure with his friends and family that remain. (Mike
Ross, Bobby's younger brother)
to sign the Guest Book.