John Jack Robert Ross

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John Ross Peoria, AZJohn Jack Robert Ross, 85, of Peoria, Arizona, died June 3, after a short illness. Jack was born in Deerfield, IL and upon graduating from Highland Park High School, he moved with his family to Schenectady, NY. He graduated from RIT with a degree in photography. He had a lifelong love for aircraft, and earned his pilot's license at age 15. He was a member of the 5th RCT in the Korean War, where he also took photographs for the army. On a recent trip through Springfield, IL, he made an oral history recording about his experiences for the Korean War National Museum and donated his collection of photographs. As a professional photographer for over 30 years, he worked both independently and for Burns Photography and Black Studio in downtown Schenectady, and for two decades at the NYS Museum in Albany, creating the large photographic murals for the original exhibits. These murals were the first of their kind and he was very proud to have led the team developing the technology. He eventually became the director of the photo department at the museum. Jack married his first wife, Ann Holohan, on July 14, 1956. She predeceased him in 2004. They had four daughters, and he often remarked on the joys and trials of living in a family of five women. He enjoyed woodworking and made numerous toys, toy boxes, and shelves for his grandchildren. When his first grandchild was born, Grandpa Jack grew a beard, because every grandfather should have a beard. Very often children would remark that he looked like Santa, which tickled him. A few years after his wife's death, Jack reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Winifred Wolters Cushman. They were married on March 16, 2009, and lived in Peoria, Arizona (or Paradise, as he used to describe it). Their story of reconnecting after 60 years was carried by many newspapers. Jack and Win treasured their life together. He is survived by his wife, Winifred; his daughters and their families, Marianne and Alan Knight and their children, Benjamin, Julia and her husband, Sergio Perez of Kansas City, KS, Christine and Shimon Avish and their children, Emma and Nathaniel of Skillman, NJ, Patricia and Lindsay Morsillo and their children, Anna and Stephen of Salem, MA, and Catherine and Gary Scalzi and their children, Kenneth and Edward of Centerville, OH; his sister, Peggy Lungren of Glasgow, Virginia, her three children and their families. In addition, he leaves six step-children and their families, Christine and Greg Rhoads of Cincinnati, OH, John Cushman of W. Lafayette, IN, David and Liz Cushman of Dubuque, IA, Kimberly and Dan Neven of Silver Hill, AL, Mark and Judy Cushman of Taylor Mills, KY and Lydia and Tom Bagley of Goodyear, AZ. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service which will be conducted Tuesday morning at 10 at the Gleason Funeral Home, 730 Union Street. The funeral home will be open prior to the service from 9 to 10 a.m. for those who wish to call. Burial with military honors will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. Memorial contributions may be made to the Korean War National Museum, 9 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL, 62705.

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Gleason Funeral Home
730 Union St Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 374-1134
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from June 8 to June 9, 2014
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