He was a graduate of Dennison St. Mary’s High School in the class of 1954 where his friends remember him as “Joey” before beginning his employment with the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Traffic Survey Division. Later, he was a letter carrier for the Uhrichsville Post Office before starting his thirty-two year career with the Timken Company in New Philadelphia. He also served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves for a number of years. In his spare time, he loved umpiring for high school boys baseball and girls softball games. He was a longtime member of the Tuscarawas County Umpires Association, having served as their president for over twenty years, and was elected to their Hall of Fame in 2010. His greatest joy came from the time that he spent with his family, especially enjoying attending the sporting events of all of his grandchildren. He also was an avid traveler who loved cruising and going to Las Vegas whenever he got the chance.
In addition to his mother, Donna Ross of Uhrichsville, he is survived by his wife, Jo Ann R. (Batter) Ross to whom he was married January 24, 1981; four daughters, Mary (Monty) O’Hara of Uhrichsville, Joanne (Scott) Milburn of Dennison, Angela (Nick) Rotella of Dennison, and Ramona (Rodney) Givens of Ashland; four stepsons, David (Jennifer) Stokey of St. George, Utah, Daniel (Julia) Stokey of Hilliard, Michael (Kristi) Stokey of North Canton, and Chad (Heather) Stokey of Tuscarawas; grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, Derek, Hayley, Jared, Janay, Dustin, Marie, Jett, Jace, Joie, Rashay, Reegan, Ridge, Tanner, Gavin, Ian, Mario, Megan, Max, Tre, Caleb, Isaac, Aidan, Lucas, Treson, Spencer, Jenessa, Kyle, Ryker, and Nicholas; a great-grandchild, Madden; brothers, Raymond E. (Carol) Ross of Uhrichsville and David A. (fiancée, Jayne Kohler) Ross of Strasburg; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of dear friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Ross, and an infant brother, Jerome Ross, as well as his father, Pete Ross.
Services for Joe, officiated by Rev. Jeff Graska, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery near Dennison. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to the charity of their choice.
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc.