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Delta City Cemetery
Friday April 8th, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Interment following funeral service

Sutherland 1st & 2nd Ward Chapel
Saturday April 9th, 2016

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Sutherland 1st & 2nd Ward Chapel
Saturday April 9th, 2016
9:30am - 10:40am

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Funeral Service

Sutherland 1st & 2nd Ward Chapel
Saturday April 9th, 2016

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Richard "Dick" Ross

After bravely coping and battling with a number of health issues, Dick Ross, ran his final proverbial race down the quarter mile drag strip. Walking away with his highly coveted, proudly won Wally Award, he was welcomed by and rejoined with his best friend, partner in crime and son, our very much loved and dearly missed Scott, who passed away less than a year ago.

Our beloved Husband, Son, Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin, and most importantly, an incredible friend to all he met and knew, Dick, peacefully passed away April 4, 2016 with his incredibly dedicated and loving wife of 48 years, JoAnn by his side.

Dick truly was a friend to all he knew and came across. After living in Delta, Utah his entire life, he had many, many dear local friends, but also, literally, the hundreds of friends he and his family met along the way, mostly by means of traveling both close to home, as well as across the country; mainly to participate, but also to watch and support his fellow racers that ranged in brackets from famous Top-Fuel Nitrous fueled dragster and funny car drivers to the guys and gals who enjoyed tinkering with their cars for Friday night grudge matches.

After nearly every weekend during the racing season, you could count on him and JoAnn to come home from the drag races with story after story of who they saw, met, or reconnected with.

Dick absolutely loved to talk. When he wasn't off drag racing or tinkering around his shop and yard, he'd spend hours at his beloved "Table 54" with his friends at the Rancher Cafe and his canine furbabies he loved so dearly in tow. Even after he quit smoking, he'd sit outside in the cold swapping stories with all his buddies and Rancher girls. He loved each and every one of them, and it goes without saying how much he'll be missed there.

For many, many reasons, Dick was a very special, unique man of many talents that went beyond his love and knowledge of cars. Always a man of entrepreneurial spirit, he contributed to his family and racing hobby mostly by running his own businesses, the last and longest running being Dick's Tires. He loved buying and selling cars while running his tire business with his son Scott. They were quite the dynamic duo. They butted heads here and there, but working together side by side, they made a great team.

Dick was born, raised, and lived his entire life in Delta, Utah to Norma Ross and raised by his grandparents, Dell and Lorraine Ross. He attended Delta High School and soon after earned his certificate in welding he earned from Utah Valley University.

After meeting his lovingly dedicated wife JoAnn Morris at a Rodeo Dance in Deseret, summer of 1966, they were married March 1, 1968 in the Manti Temple. He soon after adopted Scott Glenn Ross. Their daughter Hollie came along in August, 1969. His youngest daughter, Hillary came along in October, 1974. His daughters always held a special place in his heart. He was a wonderful father aand grandpa in the best way he possibly could be and taught all three of his kids some of the most important and relevant life lessons. They all three knew they could come to him anytime with pure honesty, without fear of judgment or reprimand. Words alone cannot communicate how much he was loved by his family and how much he will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, JoAnn Ross of Delta, Utah, his mother, Norma Kruletz of Tooele, Utah, Brother, Tony (Julie) Kruletz of Tooele, Utah, Daughter-In-Law, Carrie Ross of Delta, Utah, Daughter Hollie (Albert) Salaiz of Silver City, New Mexico, Daughter Hillary Ross of St. George, Utah. Grandchildren Trey, Tanner, Jessi, Tyler (Giovanna), Marissa (Taylor), Dakota and Franki (Ivan). He was blessed with a very special gift from his grandson Tyler & Giovanna, the most beautiful, angelic great granddaughter, Bailey.

He is preceded in death by his son, Scott Ross, grandparents, Dell & Lorraine Ross, and stepfather, Tony Kruletz.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016  at 11:00 AM at the Sutherland 2nd Ward Chapel.  Viewings will be held Friday April 8, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:40 AM both at the Sutherland Chapel. Interment will be at the Delta City Cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home.  Online Condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com

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We were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a good man and a good friend. He will be missed.

Eldon & Judith Oman Apr 12 2016 12:00 AM

Oh my, bless all of you! I just heard from a friend today of Dick's passing. Dick actually introduced me to this friend 26 years ago.
What a great man Dick was!! I moved from Delta 22 years ago but I've never forgotten Dick's fun personality and kind heart. My prayers go out to you at this difficult time. FAMILIES ARE FOREVER ~~~LYNDA FIFE HARTSON

Lynda Fife Hartson Apr 12 2016 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear about Dick. He was a great guy. My favorite memory of Dick was the day he told me to tell a certain person who was giving me a hard time that "I had more butt than they had teeth". I have been using that line for years and everytime I do I chuckle and think of Dick. He shall be missed.

Phillis and Lloyd Burraston Apr 11 2016 12:00 AM

I'll always remember seeing the Corvette on Cal's trailer with Crystal's Mustang too, coming into the pits. We always joked that we can start the race now! I always looked forward to the ET finals where we could all get to know each other a bit better. I'm glad I got to know Dick and he will be missed!

Kirk Walton Apr 10 2016 12:00 AM

JoAnn and Family
We are so sorry to hear about Dick's passing. I am sure he and Scott are having a great reunion. Love, hugs and prayers are sent your way.
Gene and Lorie Brinkerhoff

Gene and Lorie Brinkerhoff Apr 9 2016 12:00 AM

I was so sad to hear of his passing, what a great guy. You two always made a point to say hi when you came up to RMR. He will be greatly missed.

Beth Ann Skougard Apr 9 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard "Dick" Ross

Andrea Apr 9 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard "Dick" Ross

Noelle Jones daughter of Theron Jones Apr 8 2016 12:00 AM

JoAnn, I was so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I have such fond memories from our drag racing days. Even though it has been many years, I still treasure those memories. Thank you for being part of that.

Wayne Atkinson Apr 8 2016 12:00 AM

JoAnn so sorry to hear about Dicks passing. I had a good visit with him when we were just there. I would be there for his services but have a grandson getting baptized Saturday afternoon. Thinking of you and your family at this time. May the spirit of peace be yours.
Steve Kelly family

Steve Kelly Apr 8 2016 12:00 AM

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