Kenneth M. Ross III
1947 - 2020
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Kenneth M. Ross III

Labor Day Sept 7, 2020 Kenneth M Ross III 73, lovingly also known as "Sandy, Kenny, The Captain, Papa, and Dude" labored his last duty.

Born Jan 21, 1947, in Washington D.C. to Yvonne and Kenneth Ross Jr. Ken is survived by his three children Adam, Nicolette (Mrs. Sal Rianna) & Holly (Mrs. James McCain), four grandchildren (Rogan, Ross, Luke and Senya) and numerous nieces/nephews. He was the eldest brother to Carol V Ross (Mrs Webb Ellis), Mitchell K. Ross, Scott N. Ross, and Laurie C Ross (Mrs Duane Lidman).

After many moves around the world being a "Navy Brat" he found his final home state in 1964. Upon graduating from Tempe Union High School in 1965, Ken voluntarily enlisted the United States Marine Corps. He served two tours in the Vietnam War.

Upon return from war he continued his government service by working at the Tempe USPS. Ken's work ethic was beyond reproach. Over 48 years of service never taking a sick day is a feat unheard of. Retirement would have been an easy option 8 years ago, but Ken loved his job and his co-workers too much to even consider. The same devotion to his government service was also present in his faith never missing a single Sunday Mass.

Ken was always ready to lend a hand. Over the years he has donated gallons of plasma and blood to his local blood bank. As an avid collector and restorer of cars and member of Antique Car Club he enjoyed fixing and providing free maintenance to family & friends. If anyone needed help moving, Ken had the trailer, muscle, and backbone to assist you. A pizza and cheap beer was always adequate payment.

Of all his duties, raising three kids as a single father and surrogate father figure to many of their friends was his most gratifying labor and one of real devotion. If you were between jobs, rehabilitation, schools, homes, or just in need there was always a room at his place. Ken was a wonderful Papa. He received great joy holding his 3 grandsons as babies. He would staring lovingly in their eyes, then make a silly face to elicit laughter from them. Taking the grandkids to the zoo and lifting them over the lions den for a better view became a tradition.

Ken loved animals, especially dogs. His furry family members were a source of constant companionship and rewarded him with the same unwavering loyalty that he shared with his family and friends. He enjoyed Family Game Night especially LCR and always had a funny contribution for word games. His reliability and consistency even in routine labor was widely renowned. He helped maintain many lawns and relished in yard work referring to it as "cross training" and how he kept fit. He was uncomplicated in his needs. A trusty beer coozie, threadbare Harley hat, worn flip flops, and a Cardinals Game were a testament to the fact that life's simplest pleasures were most enjoyable to him.

A note in his handwriting was found on his desk with the quote:

"The older we get, the more clear it becomes, that loving and being loved are the only really important things in life."

Ken knew what was important in life, for he was so loved and his love for others was immeasurable.

And so "Captain", as you man the helm sailing into the heavens above your own father would have made this Navy toast for you embarking on this new voyage: "May you have fair winds, following seas and Godspeed."

You will forever be missed.

Funeral services will be streamed live and may be access by visiting https://www.resurrectionaz.org/funerals which links to our YouTube channel and Facebook page. More information is available on this site.

In lieu of flowers donations in his name can be made to the blood services at

https://www.vitalant.org/Donate/Donate-Funds.aspx






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Published in The Arizona Republic from Sep. 15 to Sep. 20, 2020.
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September 20, 2020
I worked with Kenny for 35 years. He was a wonderful man and friend. He was always kind and eager to help. You will be missed. thoughts and prayers for your family. Linda Schlemmer
Linda Schlemmer
Coworker
September 20, 2020
Our deepest sympathy in this time of loss. Every Marine past and present is an honored part of our Marine Corps family.
Pat Rice
Family
September 20, 2020
Andy T.
Friend
September 20, 2020
Andy T.
Friend
September 18, 2020
Kenny was a great friend! We had many car/truck buying adventures together. He will truly be missed! God Bless Kenny and the Ross Family!
Andy Tasca
Friend
September 18, 2020
I will always remember how patient Kenny was when he explained the rules of football to me. It's because of him I enjoy the sport to this day. Rest in Peace my friend!
Mona Tasca
Friend
September 17, 2020
I know he is happy! Watching over all of us! I know how much he adored his Plymouth prowler! I had always joked with him one day it would be mine. But the time came way to soon! I will miss you Kenny! One day we will meet again. Take care of my mom and dad for me. I wish my dad would have got the ride in it!
Neal Schultz
Friend
September 17, 2020
Dear Ross Family, send you condolences on your loss of your father. We pray that you have God’s comfort and peace during this difficult time. Rhonda, Sherman Selstad, and Derek, Ethan, Megan and Peggy Eicher
Rhonda Selstad and Peggy Eicher and Family
Family
September 17, 2020
To the Ross Family,
Our deepest sympathies are with all of you. What a wonderful story you shared with us. You will have many memories to tell his grandchildren and also to put smiles on your face when needed. He will be with you always.
Bob and Debbie Burd
Family
September 17, 2020
To Kenny's Family and Friends - I was so sad to get a text today from a former co-worker telling me of Kenny's passing. I worked with Kenny at the Tempe PO a long time ago, but I still remember him and a party I attended at his home. I had moved from IL to AZ and I didn't know anyone. Kenny was friendly from the start. He was a great guy - as you all know. You have my heartfelt sympathy. May your memories of all the good times you shared comfort you in this difficult time.
Mary Sweeney
Coworker
September 17, 2020
To my Brother Sandy.
Just something for you to know I care and understand.
Most of all I love you. I promise to be here for your kids.
Thank you for planting the seed of motorcycles and vintage cars in me. When you went to Vietnam and you left all your cycle magazines for me to read, I was hooked. I still hear your voice saying “Take care of my BSA and if you can kick it over and start it, you can ride it.Ha-ha” That never happened, too much compression for me to kick and you knew that.
I still remember the day you came home from Vietnam.
Mom was so happy. Please hug her and Dad for me.
We understood each other. We both knew we didn’t have to talk or see each other often, but we were brothers that would be there for each other, any time, any place.
I will miss you, until we meet again.

Scott.
Scott Ross
Brother
September 16, 2020
To the Ross Family,
My sincere condolences on Kenny's passing. He was always genuine and sincere and I and many others at work respected him for those qualities. May you find solace and peace knowing how well respected he was and share always the good memories with a smile.

If I were still Carrier 8266 on Southern and Mill Avenues, I would gladly and respectfully dismount my bicycle and stand at attention in a final salute as Kenny drove by in his Two Ton on his Inter-Station run.

He always addressed me by the name as displayed on my QSL cards, Michael L, (Mike) and we would both smile.

Sleep well my friend.

Michael L Bush
Friend
September 16, 2020
someone of an extreme rarity that few have met, especially myself, that stands out as an outstanding example for others to follow.
steve
Friend
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