Max A. Ross

June 08, 1930 ‒ July 12, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Max A. Ross, age 87 of Delaware passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Kobacker House surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 8, 1930 in Westerville to the late Afton C. and Edith F. (Colebeck) Ross. Max graduated from Ostrander High School in 1948. After graduation he proudly served his Country 3 years in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

In 1956 he married the former Margaret (Beddow). Together they shared 61 years through life’s journey, hand in hand and in both thick and thin. Theirs was a true love story and Max was Margaret’s everything.

Before his retirement, Max worked as an insurance agent with John Hancock Mutual. His wit, charm, and warm personality served him well during his insurance career and throughout life.  Having a love for riding horses, he served as a Delaware County Mounted Deputy.

He enjoyed the outdoors, tending to his yard, landscape and garden.  He was known for his weed less garden with perfectly straight rows. Not one to sit, he always found something to do, especially if it was farm related. He also treasured time spent in his wood shop.

He and his brother Sheldon were multiple gallon blood donors to the American Red Cross. Max was a champion for those in need. Although at time strong willed and tempered, he was never one to hold a grudge.

Max will certainly be remembered for his orneriness, but most importantly for his compassionate care of the down trodden and love of family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife and partner in life Margaret, treasured daughters: Cheryl (John) Mitchell of Powell, TN, Deidre (Mark) Hedges of Columbus, Kristie (Sam) Forson of Delaware, and Laurie (Scott) Pierce of Delaware, grandchildren: April (John), Jill (Kevin), Mike (Sarah), Brian, Stephanie, Amanda (Chris), 11 great-grandchildren: Cameron, Madison, Carley, Max, Molly, Rayna, Shelby, Lillian, Violet, Eli,  brother Sheldon (Carolyn) Ross of Delaware, nephews Brad (Nancy) Ross of Delaware, Mitch (Cheryl) Ross of Ostrander, and extended family.

He was also preceded in death by his great-grandson Mitchell and sister Joyce Ross.

Arrangements will be announced by the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross, Kobacker House, or Ohio Health Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • To the family ofMax Ross, especially Kristie. So sorry for your loss, sending my thoughts and prayers to all.


    Donna L Mitchell

  • Laurie,
    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family at this difficult time.

    Colleen Moore

  • I am so sad to read of Max passing away. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • What a lovely obituary – it says it all and I could picture him so very well while reading it. He will always be cherished and have a very special place in my heart. The physical world has lost an awesome guy and heaven has gained the ornery Max – hope heaven is ready. Love, hugs, and prayers goes to the entire family.

  • To Cheryl, Kristie, Deidre,Laurie, April and Jill so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Very sorry for your loss, and treasure your memories. He was loved by so many and he will be remembered always. Respects to your Dad and all of you.

  • Uncle Max was a special person.He always seemed to make me laugh. He was a person that cared for others.He will be missed.I pray that the Lord will comfort all the family in a difficult time.God heals all wounds.I am a better person because of my uncle Max.
    God bless.

  • Laurie Sorry to here that your dad passed away Max was one of the good guys in my book prayers to you and your family

  • Laurie, we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time of need. God Bless you all. ((Hugs))

  • I am so sorry to hear of Max passing. I had the BEST babysitters ever!!!!! He and I had soooo much FUN 🙂 Especially when we got to go to Zider Zee for lunch – that was so cool! He will surely be missed, but know that heaven has gained a special angel 🙂
    Take care and God bless –

  • Our family lived next to Max and his family on Troy Road. We can testify that Max was ornery, but a fantastic neighbor who would help anyone. Hearing of his passing brought back many memories of Max and his family in the late 1950’s, a wonderful time with great friends. And Max with his orneriness slipping out frequently.

    We know Max will be missed by his family and his many friends. Our condolences to them all, as they celebrate a wonderful life of a great man.

    Ed Bills

    • Thank you so much Ed. I remember my Dad and Mom speaking of you and all of the good times you all had on Troy Road. Thanks so much for your thoughts. We will miss him so much.

  • To the Ross family,
    We were so sorry to read of Max’s passing. He was a very special person and one we enjoyed spending time with. Marg, you were an excellent babysitter and we never thought twice about leaving Joyce with you and Max. We also enjoyed the times we spent at your house playing cards. Many, many good memories!
    Love and prayers to you all,
    Jim and Eleanor Kroninger

    • Thank you so much Jim and Eleanor. Mom and Dad always enjoyed spending time and playing cards with you also. We would love to see you and Joyce as she was like our little sister also and like one of their own to Mom and Dad. I know Mom would love to see you all again.

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss! May the Lord comfort you and give you HIS strength as you face each new day. Hold on to all of your good memories.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time. May all your wonderful memories of Max bring peace to your heart.