Ross Wade Tribby

VAUGHN - Master Sgt. Ross Wade Tribby, 41, a member of the Montana Air National Guard, died Saturday, Feb. 19, of injuries he received in a four-wheeler accident at the family farm near Vaughn.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. His funeral is at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Simms High School gym, followed by burial with military honors in Sun River Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Ross was born Oct. 11, 1969, to Gladys Patricia "Pat" (Berg) and Morrell Lyle Tribby in Malta, Mont. He was raised and educated in Whitewater and later in Vaughn before graduating from Simms High School in 1988.
In 1992, Ross married Melinda "Lindie" Martin at the family farm in Vaughn, and together they had two children: a son, Cole, and a daughter, Tawnie, whom they were raising on the family farm.
He joined the Montana Air National Guard (MANG) in September 1993, and served in Iraq, Puerto Rico, Panama and Korea. He later worked as a civil service technician at the MANG as a weapons loader and had obtained the rank of master sergeant.
Ross loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed snowmobiling, riding four-wheelers, riding horses, skiing, camping and sharing life experiences with family and friends all around him.
Survivors include his wife, Melinda "Lindie" Tribby, a son, Cole Tribby and a daughter, Tawnie Tribby, all of Vaughn; his mother, Pat Tribby of Anchorage, Alaska; his brothers, David Tribby of Anchorage, Doug Tribby of Vaughn and Ken Tribby of Great Falls; his mother- and father-in-law, Robin and Gary Martin of Great Falls; sisters-in-law Jodie (Dawn) Martin of Boise, Idaho, and Brandi (Perry) Lunsford of Fort Worth, Texas; and brothers-in-law Tad Martin of Sun Prairie and Brett March of Great Falls.
He was preceded in death by his father, Morrell Lyle Tribby, in 1994.
Memorials are suggested to the scholarship fund for his children, Cole and Tawnie, set up at Russell Country Credit Union.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2011