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John Reed Ross
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Birth: Sep. 21, 1939
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 2012
Maryland, USA

JOHN REED ROSS, 73, died suddenly and unexpectedly at home in Westminster, Maryland, on the morning of Wednesday, December 12, 2012. He is survived by his sister, Judy Lee Ross of Elkridge, MD: his three children, Michael Schuyler Ross of Plano, TX; Kellye Ross Pickens of Greenville, TX; and Frank Kevin Ross of Royse City, TX; and his seven grandchildren. Two years ago this month, he was preceded in death by his youngest sibling, Robert Schuyler Ross, who was John Reed's best friend and employer. John Reed is also survived by his brother's children, Michelle Ross Kline and Robert Hamilton Ross, both of Howard County, MD, and their families.

The oldest of three children, John Reed was born in Baltimore, MD, on September 21, 1939 to Virginia Schuyler Ross and Robert Bishop Ross (both deceased). Reed, as he was known in his youth, attended McDonogh School for his first years of elementary school. He then moved to the Pittsburgh area, where he graduated from Quaker Valley High School in 1958. After graduation, he worked for a year in Annapolis, MD, before joining the Air Force. In the Air Force he went by his first name, John, and spent seven years traveling to Libya, Germany, Italy, Philippines and Vietnam. In the military he was responsible for transporting and repairing cryogenic containers of oxygen, dry ice, nitrogen gas and liquids, and took college courses to expand his cryogenic expertise. While in the the Air Force, he married Lynn Bickham starting a family in Louisiana and later moved to Texas. Upon their separation, and his honorable discharge from the military, John Reed returned to Maryland.

John Reed was a gifted mechanic. Mostly self-taught, he had an innate ability to look at both mechanical and electronic equipment knowing exactly how it operated or how to repair it. This interest in "how things work" began as a boy, when he took apart his family's first television set and put it back together. While in high school, he turned his mother's car into a "chop-top," later stating that he just could not get metal-working out of his system. After leaving the military, he was a self-employed millwright before joining his brother's sheet metal fabrication company, Ross Metal Products, in 1978. There, his talent was put to use running and maintaining machines, such as punch presses, laser cutters and brakes, along with interfacing their electronic systems.

John Reed's other hobbies included participating in or attending Street Rod car shows and Funny Car drag racing in parts of Pennsylvania and Ocean City, MD. John Reed enjoyed music, playing both the guitar and keyboard. He wrote his own music, recording it at home where he had a mini-studio. He stayed very busy with friends and family, and frequently flew with his brother in a single engine plane cruising the skies over Maryland and Pennsylvania. He also loved Ocean City, beginning as a boy when both his mother and grandfather brought him many times, and now where his ashes will be scattered offshore.
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered offshore from Ocean City, Maryland
Created by: Judy Cain Bowser
Record added: Feb 17, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105370357
John Reed Ross
Added by: Judy Cain Bowser
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We will remember you fondly, Reed, the 1958 QVHS graduating class. Rest in peace.
- Judy Cain Bowser
 Added: Sep. 29, 2014

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