J. Ross Alexander, 76, of Robinson Township, Pa., passed away on Friday, March 22, 2013. A former longtime resident of Warren, Pa., Ross was born in Chicago, Ill. to Lucille and John E. Alexander. He served in the United States Air Force's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Hurricane Hunters) as an Aircraft Electronic Navigation Equipment Repairman. He attended Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he studied Biology and Geology. He worked as a Field Engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for over 31 years, retiring in 1996. He spent the first eight years of his retirement in Charleston, SC, and then moved to Robinson Township, Pa. so that he could spend more time with his beloved children and grandchildren.
Ross was a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather, always making sure his family was together during important events and holidays, saying "We're all here" once the last family member arrived. He was also an animal lover and could always be found holding his precious furry companion.
Ross was predeceased by his brother, John E. Alexander, Jr., and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra, his three children, Doug (Trish) of Lock Haven, Pa., Kevin (Connie) of Robinson Township, Pa., and Gwendolyn D'Amico (David) of Cranford, NJ, and five grandchildren, Maria, Nicholas, Zoe, Ryan, and Jake.
Burial will take place on May 31, 2013, 1:30 p.m., at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, Pa. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to one of Ross's favorite charities, The Humane Society, The World Wildlife Fund, or Habitat for Humanity.