Ross Johnson Sr.

September 5, 1933 - April 3, 2022
Ross Johnson Sr.

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Ross Willison Johnson died peacefully Sunday, April 3, 2022 at the age of 88. He was surrounded by his loving family in his Bellaire home. Ross was born September 5, 1933, a son of the late Oscar and Nellie (Bass) Johnson. He grew up on a dairy farm and loved telling stories of his childhood with his siblings Taylor, Roland, Alice, Clarence (Stella), Earl, Bill, and Lois.

Ross spent four years in the Air Force during the Korean War, serving his country as the true hero he was. He enjoyed sharing memories of his time in Thule, Greenland, which always brought a smile to his face. He returned home and married the love of his life, Mary Katherine (Passa), and spent most of his years as an Ironworker, Local 549 Wheeling, West Virginia, until he retired in 1994.

Ross is survived by his three children; Ross Jr. (Glenda), Kevin (Kelly), and Troy; as well as his grandchildren; Kayla (Michael) Estes, Ross III (Jessica), Kevin, and Gillian; and his great grandchildren; Gianna, Micayla, Ross IV, Michael Jr., and Kianna. He has many nieces, nephews, and cousins that he cherished dearly as family was always his priority.

Ross loved spending time in his garden and relaxing in the pool. He was a huge sports fan and attended every extracurricular activity his children and grandchildren participated in to show his support. He will be greatly missed by many, but we know that he and his daughter, Tammy, will be watching over us from heaven.

There will be no visitation. A memorial mass will be held at a later date to celebrate Ross’ life. Arrangements by Care Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 204 W. Main Street, St. Clairsville, Ohio. Share your thoughts and memories with Ross’ family by going to

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  • April 06, 2022
    Missy says:
    Jamey and Jada and I are going to miss Ross at our family gatherings. May he rest in eternal peace. Prayers for strength in the days ahead to Mary, Ross , Kevin , Troy and the rest of the family .

  • April 06, 2022
    Dr C says:
    That quick smile he would give me in the office when he didn’t particularly liked what I told him to do May he Rest In Peace and prayer for Comfort for your Family .

  • April 06, 2022
    Beth Robb, RN says:
    I am sorry for your loss. The love and care you had for Ross showed and I am glad you allowed me to be a part of it. Warm hugs to you all. Beth

  • April 07, 2022
    Pete says:
    So sorry to hear about his passing. Rest easy and watch over your family Ross.

  • April 08, 2022
    Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum says:
    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Ross W. Johnson Sr., give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Air Force Veteran, Ross W. Johnson Sr, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †