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Ross Gregory Guy


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Ross Gregory Guy Obituary
ROSS GREGORY GUY Many children look up to their father as a hero. Ross Gregory Guy, of Riverside, actually was. We have proof! He joined the Marines straight out of El Segundo High School and fought bravely in the Vietnam War as a helicopter door gunner. He served for four years, but carried himself as a lifelong Marine. After a plane crashed into an apartment in El Segundo, he rescued a woman from the burning building. He was 19. In 2003, he was awarded the Carnegie Medal in recognition for an outstanding act of heroism saving a man in a burning car in Reche Canyon. In addition to loving his family and friends, he loved traveling, eating as much barbecue as he could, watching a potential Guinness world record amount of TV, reading to his grandchildren, rooting for his favorite hockey team (go Kings!), enjoying kung fu movies on El Rey, secretly loving professional wrestling as he complained about it, wearing his Marine Corps jacket and talking to his mother on the phone. Ross was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, reaching the position of Grand Commander for the state of California. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge for many years. For 40 years, he was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, serving in just about every role, including Exalted Ruler of the Riverside lodge. Training for and winning numerous ritual competitions brought a lot of stress, but also an exorbitant amount of joy. He could also cook a mean fish fry at the lodge. He bravely faced the end of his life Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 knowing that he soon would be reunited with his father Ross, who he had missed terribly for 30 years. A celebration of life will take place Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Riverside Elks Lodge at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers (he hated them), please donate to a worthy cause and toast him with a Flintstones' sized rack of ribs. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shayne, one daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, mother Carlota, of El Segundo, three sisters, two brothers, a dog that misses him and a cat that couldn't care less. And let's not forget the countless friends he made over the years. The grieving process is made easier by hearing stories of how he touched people's lives. He used to say that no one would show up to his memorial service. Well, Dad, you're about to be pleasantly surprised. Semper fidelis.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 20, 2017
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