Bruce Ross

Obituary of Bruce Ross

Ross, Bruce, 96, of St. Petersburg, FL passed away peacefully at his home on June 19, 2022. Born and raised in Huntsville, AL he graduated from Huntsville High School. For the majority of his life, Bruce resided in Hartselle, AL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vance B. and Lela Mae Ross; brother James E. “Gene” Ross; and his wife of 48 years Sue R. Ross. Bruce is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Allan and Lisa Ross; sisters-in-law Gene Buckelew (Billy) and Betty Ross Robinson (Lewis); grandchildren David A. Ross (Kelley) and Deana L. Eaton (Ben); great-grandchildren Jackson D. Ross, Elizabeth L. Ross and Madison L. Eaton; a niece, Sylvia Ross; and a nephew, Patrick Buckelew (Kim) and great nephew Hudson. Upon graduation from Huntsville High School, Bruce enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and served as a Seaman 1st Class on an LST from June 30, 1944 to March 13, 1946. He had a 10 year career with Wolverine Tube a Division of Calumet & Hecla located in Decatur, AL. Bruce then went back to college and graduated from Auburn University in 1961 with a degree in Business Administration – War Eagle! He held positions at Alabama Highway Express in Birmingham, AL and at General Electric in Huntsville, AL before launching into a 21 year career with Amoco Chemicals Corp. in Decatur, AL where he worked in the accounting department processing payroll until his retirement in 1988. Subsequent to retirement, Bruce and Sue split time between Hartselle, AL and South Pasadena, FL where they purchased a condo. He loved to travel and made several trips to Europe over the next several years, the last being a trip to France with his son, Allan, when he was in his 80’s. After his wife, Sue, passed in August 1999, Bruce continued to split time between Hartselle and South Pasadena until September 2013 when he was no longer physically able to maintain his two properties. He was welcomed into his son and daughter-in-law’s home in St. Petersburg where he lived comfortably until his passing. Bruce will be buried in Hartselle, AL alongside his wife, Sue. On a lighter note, his wife Sue was notorious for pinching Bruce on the back of his arm when she wanted to make a point. His son, Allan, chuckles with the thought of Sue pinching him as he passed through the Pearly Gates and exclaiming “What took you so long”?!

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