Calvin M. ‘Butch’ Ross, Jr. 68, Navy veteran, served on USS Telfair

By on March 6, 2013

The spirit of Calvin M. "Butch" Ross, Jr., 68, of Manheim, went to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family, clergy and the caring and compassionate staff of Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy.

Born in Bryn Mawr, he was the son of the late Calvin M. Ross, Sr. and Mary (Hooverman) Ross. He was the loving and beloved husband of Barbara (Harry) Ross, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage. In addition, he is survived by two daughters: Michelle C., wife of John Krause; and Cynthia L., wife of Eric Moore; six grandchildren who were his pride and joy: Abigail, Veronica, Jamie, Joseph, Ryan and Evan; and a newly adopted puppy: Luci, who was his constant companion during these last months.

He was a loving, caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather whose life revolved primarily around his family. He was an avid racing fan, a sport also embraced by his grandsons, and enjoyed following NASCAR and local dirt track racing. He had a keen interest in reading and researching military history. He enjoyed relaxing to his favorite music — doo wop from the ’50s and ’60s — and had a vast knowledge of rock-and-roll trivia.

A Hempfield High School graduate, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966 as an Engineman 2nd Class. He enjoyed attending reunions with his former shipmates from the USS Telfair, on which he spent most of his four years of service.

He was employed as an auto body and paint technician for a number of years, and then worked as a store manager for James F. Wild, Inc. for 25 years in their automotive paint and body shop division in Lancaster. He was most recently employed by the Manheim Auto Auction as a condition report writer.

A funeral service was held Feb. 23 at Zion Lutheran Church in East Petersburg with Rev. Dan Long and Rev. Mary Margaret Ruth officiating. Family and friends were received following the interment at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Butch’s memory to Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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