Ross O. Bigelow
September 14, 1956 ‒ January 03, 2020
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.