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Ross W. Estep


1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
November 24, 1932 - July 28, 2018
Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Ross William Estep, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on July 28, 2018 at 85 years old. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Ross is survived by his adoring wife Toshi Matsuo Estep. Four children: Cindy Chandik (Mark), Ross William Estep Jr. (Celeste), Brian Jeffrey Estep (Debra), and Victoria Toshi Fujioka (Russell). Grandchildren: Caitlin Victoria Chandik, Madeline Paige Chandik Cutler (Carel), Samantha Nicole Estep, Trenton Reese Estep, Remy Ross Fujioka, and Riley Christine Fujioka. And his great granddaughter Chloe Elizabeth Cutler.

Ross was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on November 24,1932. He had one sibling, Earle Estep Jr., who preceded him in death. After graduating from Syracuse University with a major in Russian Linguistic Studies. Ross served in security for the U.S. Air Force and was deployed to Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan, where he met and married the love of his life, Toshi. They would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on August 12th.

Retired Chief Master Sergeant Estep received various commendations during his 21 years of service in the U.S. Air Force which included one tour of Korea and two tours of Vietnam. He was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. He retired with Full Honors at Randolph Air Force Base. After his military retirement, Ross was an entrepreneur owning several companies including his current business, Architext Inc., which is now owned and operated by his two sons. His real passion was his home's tropical landscape, with his prized koi fish pond. Each season Ross was excited to grow another unusual species of a plant.

From his kids: The greatest thing dad ever gave to us is our family. He will live on in all of us and the unbelievable values and zest for life he taught continues to resonate within all of us. We'll all miss him so much, but we have each other and a wonderful mom to guide and love us. Dad loved his grandchildren with all his heart. He was a wonderful loving husband, father granddad, and role model.

Ross was forever caring and philanthropic, the Warrior and Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center was dear to his heart. He instilled the importance of philanthropy to his children and grandchildren, they will continue to carry on his values.

Services will be held on August 13 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Warrior and Family Support Center c/o Judith Markelz 3138 Rawley E. Chambers San Antonio, Texas 78219, 210-241-0811.

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Published in Express-News on Aug. 12, 2018
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