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Rodger D. Ross

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

May 19, 1957 - March 22, 2013

DOWAGIAC, Mich. — Rodger D. Ross, 55, of Dowagiac, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, at Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital.

Rodger’s life began May 19, 1957, in Stoddard County, Mo., the son of Clinton and Lula (Litton) Ross.

He loved the outdoors. Rodger was an avid fisherman and hunter. Spending time with family and friends was also high on his list of things to do. He enjoyed grilling and playing pool. Rodger also loved old cars.

He was united in marriage to the former Melissa Bailey on Aug. 27, 2007, in Dowagiac.

His loving family includes his wife, Melissa of Dowagiac; his mother, Lula Ross of Dowagiac; children Tonya (David) Ross-Vales of Elkhart, Ind., Veronica (William) Merwin of Dowagiac and Jesse (Kierilee) James of Elkhart; grandchildren Bradley Vales, Joshua Michael Vales, Jonathan Jarvis, Matthew Jarvis, Joshua Ross Vales, Torry Merwin and Brogan James; great-grandson Ayden Vales; and brothers Lester (Eva) Ross of Dowagiac, Ray (Debbie) Ross of Elkhart, Kenny (Linda) Ross of Cassopolis and Jay Ross of Dowagiac.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clinton Ross; and a great-grandchild, Kierra Vales.

His family will gather with friends for a memorial service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Yazel and Clark Chapel.

Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to his family in care of Melissa. Please sign his guestbook and leave a memory of Rodger at www.yazel-clark.com.