Charles Douglas Ross

September 06, 1926 ‒ December 17, 2019

Westerville, Ohio

Charles Douglas Ross, age 93, of Westerville, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at St. Ann’s Hospital following a recent illness.

Retired Automobile Mechanics teacher for Westerville City Schools.  Former Service Manager for Marte Pontiac and Trotter Buick.  Veteran U.S. Army, WWII.

Born September 6, 1926 in Flat Gap, Kentucky to the late Proctor R. and Grace (Hannah) Ross.  Charlie was honored to participate in Honor Flight 2016, was a former member of Sertoma, loved music, cameras, photography, technology, genealogy, fishing and his 1936 Cord.

In addition to his parents, Charlie is preceded in death by son, Paul D. Ross; brothers, Gene and Lloyd Ross.  He is survived by loving wife of 71 years, Wanita F. (Gallogly) Ross; daughter, Cathy Ross of Indiana; sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Marianne Ross of Westerville, John and Jean Ross of Galena; grandchildren, Tim (Angela) Hunt, Amiee (Michael) Board, Matt Ross, Benjamin (Topher Lowenfeld) Ross, Stephanie and Kimberly Redick, Lori and Michelle Ross; 6 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; brothers, Ed (Judy) Ross, Butch (Vicki) Ross; sisters, Annie (Mike) Parham, Gert (Danny) Hines; sisters-in-law, Margaret Ross, Alice Thomas; nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Funeral Service 2 PM on Monday, December 23, 2019 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury, where the family will be receiving friends from 1 PM until time of service.  Interment with military honors at Eastview Cemetery, Centerburg, OH.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ross family.  Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • Doug was a beloved family member to his Florida family. We were always excited to see Doug and Wanita. My family cherished all the time we were able to spend with Doug and Wanita. My heart goes out to Wanita. Doug always had a great story to tell and we loved all the knowledge he gave us. He is one of a kind and there will never be another like him. I am thankful for all the good memories he gave me. June June and Papaw Dick are up in heaven rejoicing to welcome home. I am thankful the last time we talked I said I love you when they called recently. I am thinking about all of you and sorry for all of our loss.

  • Sorry you left us cousin Charles .But I know you are now with our Lord Jesus ! I enjoyed the stories you told about our family genealogy. I only saw you a few times ,but you came to visit my Mother several times! I pray for peace and Love for your wife and family .
    Love ,your cousin,
    Ruby Romine ( Hoppy ) Gladys Church Mueller’s daughter .

  • Condolences on behalf of the Ruescher family of Westerville, including my late mother Maribelle and my late father John and my living sister Sue in Indiananapolis. We were longtime neighbors and admirers of the Rosses, just a few houses away on East Walnut Street. I remember my classmate John’s parents Doug and Wanita as benign good people –much less intimidating than most of my friends’ parents! I wish I were over at their house right about now, in 1963 or so, with 40 or 50 years to go. RIP and blessings all around. -Scott Ruescher in Cambridge, Mass.

    • Thank you, Dick. John and I remember you well and have fond memories of the Marte group.

      As I recall, you had a maroon 1959 or 60 Pontiac with tri-power that I admired as a young man. And, you were not to hard on me as a 16 year old trying to deliver parts around Columbus. My terrible sense of direction and lack of GPS at the time led to some comical situations.

      Warm Regards,

  • Although the time I spent with Mr. Charles Ross was brief , during his visit to Tennessee, I caught a glimpse of the kind and intelligent person he was.
    Upon meeting him I found him easy to have conversation with on numerous topics. It was obvious he had extensive knowledge on cars which he and my son were delighted to share. I will remember the loving way he treated his wife, daughter and granddaughter while kindly including those of us he just met as long time friends. He left an indelible positive impression of the way we ought to treat each other. Mary Sue Still, Kingsport, Tennessee.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Uncle Charlie was always the intellectual uncle full of knowledge. We appreciated all his hard work on genealogy of our family and all the pictures he acquired through the years. He will be deeply missed by all of the family. So glad he was around for 93 years. Wish I could be there but I am in spirit.
    Love Debbie

  • Many fond memories of Charlie instantly came to mind after hearing the news of your loss, Carl, Cathy and Wanita. Another new star shines bright in the sky. Peace be with you.

  • It has been a pleasure and privilege to know Charlie. He has always brought a broad smile, a happy greeting, his wonderful knowledge, wisdom and wit to share with all of us who enjoyed his company. I don’t think he ever met a stranger if so, they were soon to be his friends before they left his presence. It was always fun when he and Wanita came to Florida to visit Annie and Mary, He was a very kind and generous friend, and we all loved him and Wanita as family. I shall miss his e-mails, facebook messages and his corny jokes. Rest in peace my friend until we meet again.
    Kay Klosterman

  • To all the Ross family,
    I have been so lucky to have been a part of your family for so many years, having to begin with; growing up with all of you as your next door neighbor on Walnut St & then evolving into a lifetime friend of the entire family.
    Thanks to you all so much for including me & my life in with yours. Charlie was always a great inspiration to me as are all of you (to this day). You all including Charlie & Wanita, John & Jeane, Carl & Mariann, & all of your entire families have contributed so much in my evolution to who I have become.
    I can recall jogging with Charlie, listening to music with his great stereo system (which was state of the art back then), having work done on cars at Marty Pontiac, picnics w music behind Carl & Mariann’s home, visiting with Carl, Marian, Charlie & Wanita in Naples not but a few years ago.
    My dad Dean & mother Jeanne always respected Charlie & regarded both Charlie & Wanita warmly in their friendship. Also my wife Jenn & I visited w the entire family just a couple summers back at John’s home. I recall all of these times w great fondness & love.
    So many great memories of Charlie & Wanita. He did a great job as a father, husband, businessman, teacher, & knew the investment world as well. My mother Jeanne was also a music teacher in Westerville for 30+ years & she respected Charlie for all his accomplishments in life as well as his teaching. He touched so many lives in the Westerville area. A great role model for us all.
    Love all of you dearly
    Rick & Jennifer Gross

  • Dear Wanita and all your immediate Family,
    You have my utmost sympathy in the loss of Charlie.
    He was so kind and ready to help others.
    He is a role model for many persons.
    I did not find out until after the funeral.
    Sincerely, Martha Bergman Walker