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Ross D Barnes, 72, passed away surrounded by family on January 9, 2023 following complications due to chemotherapy.
Ross was born on May 14, 1950 to Marilyn Barbara Jensen and Ralph Darrell Barnes. He married Becki (Rebecca) Nielsen/Christensen on December 27, 1969 in Elwood, Utah. Together they raised three strong, independent daughters: Melissa, Emily and Jennifer.
Ross served in the United States Navy from 1970-1976 and spent time his time during his service in San Diego, California, Charleston, South Carolina, and Scotland. He was a Welder by trade and self-taught Computer Aided Drafter/Designer during his career at ATK and later at Petersen Inc.
Ross enjoyed working outside and especially loved mowing his lawn. He liked fixing, building things, and figuring out how stuff works. One of Ross’ favorite pastimes was going for a drive. He never liked to take the same route twice though. You always had to take a different road back home, and often it was the roads less travelled. He also loved spending time with his two little dogs, Bella and Jaxon, who miss him tremendously.
Ross is survived by his three daughters: Melissa (Richard) Hess, Emily (Chris) Glass and Jennifer (Dennis) Bollschweiler. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Tiffany (Robin) Finch, Kyle (Ashley) Hess, Karlee (Robb) Higashi, Kellen Hess, Krystal Glass and Justice Glass. He leaves behind seven beautiful great granddaughters: Brooklyn, Addi, Taylinn, Hayden, Blake, Parker and Harper. Ross is also survived by his sister Susan (Neal) Johnson. He will also be missed by many friends, neighbors, and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Becki, mother (Marilyn), father (Ralph), Step-Father Fred Broersma, Father- and Mother-in-law A.C. and Doris Christensen.
Special thanks to the staff at McKay Dee Hospital for providing him compassionate and dignified care.
Ross wanted to make sure his friend Greg Iverson knows how much he appreciated him. Many thanks for all the rides to doctor appointments, help around home, picking him up when he was down, and for always being his friend.
He especially wanted to make sure that his friend, Joyce Pounds, was recognized for her kindness and patience. She took care of him on his best days and his worst. He admired her tenacity and strength. He was especially grateful to her for being one of his greatest friends. Our family will forever appreciate all she did for him each day.
There will be a small graveside service for close friends and family on Saturday, January 21st at the Elwood City Cemetery.
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