Ross O. Bigelow

September 14, 1956 ‒ January 03, 2020

Fredericktown, Ohio

Ross O. Bigelow, age 63, of Fredericktown, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday evening, January 3, 2020, following a short battle with cancer.

On September 14, 1956, Ross was born in Williamsport, PA, a son of the late Harry J. and Carolyn M. (Betron) Bigelow.  He graduated from Williamsport Area High School in the Class of 1974.  He furthered his education by receiving his Bachelor’s in Architecture from The Ohio State University in 1989 and became a registered architect. Later in his career he earned a master plans examiner license.

After graduating from high school, Ross enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He proudly served his country for three years before receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1977.  He was grateful for the opportunity to serve as a honor guard for President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration.

On November 7, 1981, Ross married the love of his life, Wendy M. Weikel, in Williamsport, PA.  They shared the last 38 wonderful years together as husband and wife.

For the past year, Ross worked as the Master Plans Examiner for the Richland County Building Department.  He held the same position in Delaware County for the previous 21 years.  He was also proud to be a volunteer firefighter for the Big Walnut Joint Fire District since 2005.

Ross was extensively involved in his community.  He was a strong family man and enjoyed coaching youth sports and helping in all of his children’s activities as they grew.

Ross will be remembered as a wonderful husband, loving father and devoted grandfather.  He always found a way to make life exciting.

Ross will be dearly missed by his wife, Wendy, of Fredericktown; two children: Andrea (Jacob Edwards) Franks of Galion, Aaron Bigelow of Cardington; three grandchildren: Aubrianna, Ava and Ayden Franks; two brothers: Jay (Debbie) Bigelow of York, PA, Harry Jr. (Debbie) Bigelow of Linden, PA; two sisters: Jan Marie (Mark) Starr of Linden, PA, Renee (Matthew) Doughty of Jersey Shore, PA; and his mother-in-law, Darlyn D. Weikel of Galion.

The Bigelow family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 with Pastor Richard Hasley officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if so desired, may be made to the Mick Karbula Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 185, Marengo, OH 43334, or at www.mickkarbulamemorialfoundation.org.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Ross’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Wendy and family:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Ross was a wonderful person who loved his family dearly, and was always quick to help anyone in need. We know that each of you will miss him so much. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our Church family is also holding you up in prayer.

  • Wendi,
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. You and your family are in my prayers. Praying for God’s love and peace to carry you through this difficult time.

    Much love to you all,
    Jada Craze

  • Wendi,

    I am so very sorry for these recent events and the death of your beloved husband. Please accept my sympathy and extend my thoughts to your family during this difficult time. I enjoyed the opportunity to know Ross a bit with this lovely obituary. Surely he will be missed by many.

    Sending love and prayers, Jackie Owens

  • I am so sorry to hear of my cousin Ross’ s passing…unfortunetly due to my declining health I di not wish to try to travel…this breaks my heart..nI would give anything to be there with you all…my live hugs thoughts & prayers are with you all…love you all❤😢🙏

  • Andrea so sorry for your loss, God’s blessings to you and your family in these times of sorrow

  • I am very proud to say that I knew Ross. He would come into Duke’s truck stop and visit. I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a special man . My condolences to your family.

  • To all those who have known Ross you only know half the story of his life. The life he and his brothers and sisters lived in as children. I have the utmost greatest respect for his entire family. They lived 20 years behind civilization as we new it.
    They had to use an outhouses, hand pump water from a hand pump in a neighbor’s cow pasture, sharing bathwater with siblings in an old feeding trough. One coal stove to heat the entire house. To think how Ross came out of that is beyond amazing and his achievement since.
    Anyone who knew him probably will never know another like him thair entire life.
    The world lost a great man.

    Tiny Betron,
    Ross’s Uncle.

  • To all those who have known Ross you only know half the story of his life. The life he and his brothers and sisters lived in as children. I have the utmost greatest respect for his entire family. They lived 20 years behind civilization as we new it.
    They had to use an outhouses, hand pump water from a hand pump in a neighbor’s cow pasture, sharing bathwater with siblings in an old feeding trough. One coal stove to heat the entire house. To think how Ross came out of that is beyond amazing and his achievement since.
    Anyone who knew him probably will never know another like him thair entire life.
    The world lost a great man.
    My condolences Wendy.

    Tiny Betron,
    Ross’s Uncle.

  • Wendi and Family,
    We’re so sorry for your loss, we’ll always remember working with your son on his hog projects and the great fun and companionship with the pork producers.
    Our thoughts prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • We’re so sorry for your loss. Ross was a great guy. I worked with Ross for several years in scouting. We have great memories.He will be missed by all of us. The Meadows, Kim, Dustin, Dan,David,Delaney & Dakota.

  • Wendi,
    I m so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and your family. May you find comfort in the Lord during this difficult time.
    Carol Hunn

  • I am so sorry for Your loss a wonderful Man,God be with Your Family an Friends in this time of sorrow.

  • So very sorry to hear about Ross! I am one of his many Bigelow cousins. We all lost too many parents to cancer and now another cousin. I can still remember playing with Ross at our many family get togethers. May God bless Ross’s family and grant you his peace.

  • Dear Wendi,
    My heart aches for you. What a wonderful man you shared your life with. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead. May your faith carry your through this most difficult journey. Love and Blessings friend.

  • To the entire Bigelow family ,
    I am so sorry for your loss .Ross was my classmate and I worked with Jay in my younger years at the Subshop of my uncle and aunt . My husband said they all used to come to the butchering to help out on the farm when they butchered .You are all in my thoughts and prayers . Wayne and Rose (Staccone) Cohick

  • Wendy and family,

    Ross was such a kind man. Someone you could always count on. He helped our family with painting when we first built our house, cutting down trees, building barns. Anything. He was always there to lend a hand. I know Duane and the guys (and gals) miss him at the office. He was a dear friend.

    Prayers for comfort for the Bigelow family.

    Stephanie & Duane Matlack
    Kirstin, Savanna & Connor

  • I was very sorry to learn of Ross’ passing. Of all the people in the Delaware County Code Compliance office, he earned the most respect from me. Sadly, I’ve learned more about his life outside the office by reading his obituary than I had gleaned in five years of working one or two desks away. He will obviously be missed.

    I pray that the Lord above will send His special comfort to those who are most affected by this loss. I also pray that Ross’ life would inspire others to achieve great things and accomplish much good. I am better for having known Ross, and I am sure this is even more true of many.

  • I will miss our fall Saturdays cutting Red Elm.
    We spent many an October day working hard side by side.
    Ross had a great work ethic and a keen sense of observations about life.
    He was a great friend and a dependable man.
    He would bring his grand children to help with picking up the firewood, and he taught them good life lessons about work and family.

  • Morrow Manor of Chesteville would like to say Thank You Ross for your dedication to our residents and helping us support our efforts to end Alzheimer’s. For 3 years Ross would bring the engine and lights and stand on 314 and collect money. He always visited with the residents and was such a pleasure to be around. We will sadly miss Ross. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.

  • Wendi,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers now and during the coming months. If you need anything, we are here for you, just speak up and let us know.

    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Jennifer McElwain

  • Wendi
    So sorry to here about Ross. We worked together at Delaware County for many years. We even spent a week in Madison, Wisconsin for a continuing education class.
    He was always willing to help others. He and your son put a new transmission in my truck. Yes it was a Dodge.
    He will truly be missed.
    You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Wendi,
    So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and sending prayers for comfort and peace for you and your family.