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February 22, 2020

8/3/2017 5:00:00 AM
Richard Perry Ross
Feb. 7, 1928 - July 26, 2017
Richard Ross
Richard Ross

Richard Perry Ross, 89, Peru, passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Blair Ridge Health Campus, Peru.

He was born in Rochester on Feb. 7, 1928, the son of Donald D. and Reva Perry Ross. Dick married the mother of his children, Marcia Senger, in 1953. She survives. Dick married Janice Sherman Crates in 1974. She preceded him in death in 1988. He married Nancy Scull Egerton in 1997. She preceded him in death in 2015.

Dick was a 1945 graduate of Rochester High School and a U.S. Army Veteran. Following his discharge from the Army, Dick attended Butler University and graduated in 1951. He received his master's degree in music from Columbia University.

Dick was a retired merchant; he served as vice president at Senger Dept. Stores. In 1974, he moved to Lafayette and joined the staff at Loeb's Dept. Store. He later became the manager of Michael Furniture Gallery in Lafayette, a position he held until his retirement in 1997.

Dick was a member of the Rochester Masonic Lodge, the Indianapolis Scottish Rite and the Murat Shrine of Indianapolis. He played the trumpet with the Indianapolis Symphony. Dick had a lifelong love of music and compiled many recordings of his favorite songs and shared them with his family and friends. Dick was always quick with a smile and offered words of wisdom and gentle guidance to many throughout his lifetime. He was a warm, kind-hearted and generous man who exemplified integrity.

Surviving are daughters Melinda Ross, Winter Haven, Fla., Melissa (Greg) Smith, Glendale, Calif., and Jennifer (Kerry) McCammon, Sugar Land, Texas; a brother, John (Darlene) Ross, Indianapolis; daughter-in-law Carla Ross, Peru; grandchildren Frederick (Jamie) Ross, Ian McCammon, Jeremy Ross and Donovan Stanley; and great-grandchildren Matthew Ross, Alexander Ross, Neil Ross and Alivia Ross.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives Janice and Nancy; a son, Freddie Ross; a daughter, Allison Crates Stanley; and a sister, Rosanna Iler.

A service celebrating the life of Richard Perry Ross will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 West Main St., Peru, with Dr. Daniel Fugate officiating. Family and friends will gather from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Military graveside services will be provided by the Miami County Military Rites Unit at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the Miami County Military Rites Unit. Family and friends may leave a memory or condolence by visiting the online obituary at

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