Sean E. Ross
1981 - 2020
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Sean E. Ross, 38, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of Bentleyville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

He was born August 17, 1981, in Washington, a son of David A. Ross of Bentleyville and Barbara Waltl Ross of Washington.

Sean graduated in 2000 from Bentworth High School with numerous athletic awards and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 2004 from Waynesburg University while receiving numerous accolades for football. He went on to earn his Master's degree in education from Westminster College in 2008.

He worked as a defensive coordinator at Wittenberg University in Ohio, and while at Wittenberg, became the associate director of giving. Following his time in Ohio, he moved to Kentucky to work at the Kentucky State University in Frankfort, where he became the director of major gifts. At the time of his death, he was vice president of resource development at United Way of the Bluegrass.

Mr. Ross enjoyed spending time with Heidi and any sports, especially football. He was a member of Kiwanis and Rotary clubs in Lexington.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, a brother, Scott Ross (Melissa) of Bridgeville; two nephews, Roman and Rocco; paternal step-grandmother, Lillian Ross of Ellsworth; aunts and uncles, Terry Waltl (George Kondik) of Burgettstown, David and Karen Waltl of Canonsburg, and Alex and DiMarzio of Canton, Ohio; cousins, Lindsay and Melissa Waltl, Steven Waltl and Katie Friend; and his significant other, Heidi Pendergrist and her daughter Sophia, of Lancaster, Kentucky.

Deceased are maternal grandparents, Frank and Louise Waltl, and paternal grandparents, Joseph Ross and Mary Ross.

Sean had a positive impact on so many people, and his family and friends were so blessed to have had him for 38 years.

Due to state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions, all services are private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Way of the Bluegrass, 100 Midland Avenue, Suite 300, Lexington, KY 40508, or to Wittenberg Fund, Wittenberg University, P.O. Box 720, Springfield, OH 45501-0720.

Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com







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Published in Observer-Reporter on Aug. 10, 2020.
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August 15, 2020
My deepest sympathies Barb and Dave,
I had the great honor of babysitting Sean as an infant and I was heartbroken to hear of your tragic loss. I always knew that beautiful baby would grow to be an exceptional man. May God bless and comfort you and your family.
Tammi Angotti-Bogan
Acquaintance
August 12, 2020
My dearest condolences to the family and loved ones. I played for Coach at Wittenberg University from 2010-2013. My senior year was his first year as defensive coordinator. I would like the family to know how great of a man they raised. He was a true influencer of men, always knowing the right words In the toughest of situations and at times the most comforting in the lowest. He helped me tremendously in my personal life outside of sports and I am forever grateful to have met and played for him. As a person, you would find no one more loyal. Love you Coach.
Mark
Friend
August 12, 2020
So sorry Barb and Dave. Prayers
Ed Brownlee
Friend
August 12, 2020
If Sean Ross didn't walk into my high school 11 years ago, I can honestly say I would not be where I'm at today. I went to Wittenberg because of Coach Ross and it was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. He was truly a player's coach and just a great person. As a southwestern PA guy myself, I took great pride whenever I saw Coach Ross connect with people from all walks of life, turning on that southwestern pa charm. I was glad I got see him back here in Pittsburgh in 2020 . Simply put Sean Ross was "the man." I am better for having to know him. He was good to me and my family.

To Sean's Family, Partner Heidi, & Friends. My thoughts are with you during this time and I hope you can find some peace and comfort with the support of those closest to you.

Ian McNeill
Friend
August 11, 2020
Very heartfelt sympathy to Dave, Barb, Scott and Melissa as well as the rest of your friends and family. This is such a loss of an exceptional young man. Reading about all his accomplishments surely defined his character. Please know hearts ache for all of you at this time. Know that the Lord has him in the palm of his hand.
John and Loretta Antanovich.
Friend
August 11, 2020
I was shocked! God works in mysterious ways for good.
Sean was a gentleman, competitor and person.
What an asset to Wittenberg and the United Way.
I know what it is like to lose a son.
My condolences. Stay strong and share his legacy.


Mark LaForce
'73 Wittenberg NCAA National Champion TEAM
Mark LaForce
Friend
August 11, 2020
Great man always positive and smiling as he will continue this as he is in heaven right now smiling down on his family and friends. Continue to smile with him knowing he is always watching.
Jason Spiker
Friend
August 11, 2020
Barb & Dave,
We are so very sorry for your loss. So many good memories of the boys playing baseball. Seems like a just yesterday. Know you're in our thoughts & prayers.
Beth & Tim Stiffy
Beth Stiffy
Friend
August 11, 2020
Our life was forever changed by you and it will never be the same without you. God gives us people in different seasons for different reasons. I will never understand you being gone, but I will forever be grateful for having been a part of your life. We love you beyond all of this. Until we meet again my love. ❤❤❤
Heidi Pendegrist Collins
Significant Other
August 10, 2020
I have been staring at my phone waiting to type this for days now. The fact your warm invigorating soul is no longer here walking this earth is really.. truly.. devastating. I only met you a couple years ago I would say.. when my mom (your neighbor) & you befriended each other. She spoke very highly of you from day 1, expressing to me how genuinely kindhearted she believed you are and how happy she is to know someone of that nature lives so close. We met a handful of times that first year, and I would always tease you because you would call me my sisters names (Ali/Elizabeth) and could never remember ANNA. And sometimes, after a couple drinks, I would bring it up to you because I cared that you knew ME because I so genuinely enjoyed your company. And not long after, I started to admire you. You had fell in love with this INCREDIBLE, total package of a woman, Heidi Pendegrist. And I met her when you ran into me and my mom at World of Beer... but now thinking of that day, knowing you are not here, makes me sick.. I remember how she made you shine even that much brighter, and she made your smile just that much bigger. And I was so happy for you all. I didn’t say it then... but the last time I saw you was the day Rali (whom adored you) passed. My mom, Jon Pratt (whom also adored you), Aunt Sue, and boyfriend, and I were all sitting outside on the couches at (of course) World of Beer when you and Heidi walked by. It was in Gods will that we saw you all.. because you both brought all of us such loving energy that we needed at the time. And the last thing I said to you was, “Sean I think you and Heidi are the perfect match. I am so happy for you.”

I just wanted to leave this here. I know you left a legacy that will not be forgotten. And I will continue to keep your family and Heidi’s in my prayers.

Rest In Peace Sean Ross. (our neighbor, friend, loved one)
Anna Ord
Neighbor
August 10, 2020
To all that loved Sean, my heart aches for losing a great man! His fun loving spirit and kind heart will be missed. While our friendship was brief, I will miss my friend and cherish the time we spent together! To his immediate family my sincerest condolences, to Heidi and those in KY he was his as happy as I ever seen him. The shock will be hard to overcome, but he has touched so many of us. Truly a great person that left us too soon!
Steve Boyle
Friend
August 10, 2020
My wife and I are so sad with the loss of Sean. I met him through his work at Wittenberg and he and Coach Fincham visited us and stayed with us in Colorado. He had so much life yet to live and we will all miss him. We wish his family and closest friends the very best during this difficult time. The world seems so dark during these difficult times and Seam's loss makes everything so much darker . He's missed.
Randy & Dee DeMont
Friend
August 10, 2020
Our family would like to offer our condolences on the loss of Sean. We are so very sorry.
Mark, Suzanne Brandon and Amanda Doppelheuer
Suzanne Doppelheuer
Friend
August 10, 2020
Dave, Karen and Family, you are in our prayers. God bless you all.
Jim and Salli Comport
Friend
August 10, 2020
Sean brought so much positivity, humor, and light to United Way of the Bluegrass and to our community.
We are heartbroken and grieve with you for the loss of this outstanding man, son, friend, and professional. Although he had only been with our team for a few short months, he quickly became a leader in our organization and an inspiration for us all. I couldn't help but poke fun of his Western PA accent, but he took it like a champ and was always smiling, joking and coaching us to be better and stay positive and motivated. He was exactly the kind of genuine and hard working person that anyone would want on their team. I am better for knowing him even for a brief period of time. We are with you in spirit as you mourn this tragic and unexpected loss. We will remember him and miss him always. (Photo details: Sean was so much fun and always such a good sport. We had to snap a few photos of him in his Ray Ban's while he was in the studio just last month for an updated head shot.)
Katie Williams
Coworker
August 10, 2020
The joy that Sean and I share together as friends. It is such a great loss. He was always out as an encouragement for people. He was a great leader with the Kiwanis Club of Frankfort, Ky. Sean, we love you brother and the memories will never go away. I am glad that I met you on this journey and will need up with you again someday.
Chuck Fletcher
Friend
August 10, 2020
Mr and Mrs Ross, on behalf of the staff, board and stakeholders of United Way of the Bluegrass (Central KY), I would like to offer our most heartfelt condolences on your loss. Sean, as you well know, was a special guy. As a part of our leadership team and United Way family, he is already sorely missed and will always be. We are a little less today because of his absence. Our prayers for strength and comfort are with your entire family, Heidi and Sofia.
Timothy Johnson
Coworker
August 10, 2020
David, Scott and Barb and family our deepest sympathy to you on your loss. I know he touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Lou Haddad & Family
Friend
August 10, 2020
Sean you will be sadly missed our deepest condolences go out to you and your family, Emily and Bill Tamulinas!
Bill and Emily Tamulinas
Friend
August 10, 2020
Please accept my deepest and sincere condolences in the loss of your son and brother. May he rest in peace.
Chris Preisendorfer
Friend
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