Walter S. Ross

Born: Mon., Feb. 11, 1935
Died: Tue., Jul. 17, 2018


11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Sun., Jul. 22, 2018
Location: Sunnyside Presbyterian

Funeral Service

12:30 PM Sun., Jul. 22, 2018
Location: Sunnyside Presbyterian

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Walter S. Ross
February 11, 1935 – July 17, 2018

Former South Bend resident, Walter S. Ross, 83, of Mishawaka died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Walt was born February 11, 1935 in East Boston, MA to the late Emma (McEachern) and Charles Ross and had lived in the South Bend area since 1957 coming from Boston. On September 20, 1957 in Boston he married Geraldine F. “Gerry” Winsor who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Lori Jaqua (Douglas) and Kim Dominello (Mike) both of South Bend and Lisa E. Ellis (Dave) of Niles; his son, Douglas S. Ross (Carla – deceased) of Mishawaka; three grandchildren, Julie and Adam Ross and Randi Jaqua; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Rev. Charles Ross (Nancy) of Wichita, KS. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Helen Merritt, Kenneth Ross, and an infant sister.
Walt retired as a teacher at Mishawaka High School. He founded the swim program at the high school and served as the swim coach for many years. He also taught CPR for the school system including Mishawaka Paramedics. He loved playing handball at the YMCA, reading, travel, riding his bike and many other activities. He spent many years volunteering in Patient Accounts at St. Joe Med Center. Walt was a proud Marine veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was also a long time member of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22nd at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Frances St. with Rev. Don Neely officiating. Committal services and burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger. The family will receive friends on Sunday in the church from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KA, 66675-8517. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Walter's memory to the following organization:

Wounded Warrior Project,
P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675

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Tom and Ann Cooper
   Posted Sat July 21, 2018
Dear Ross Family'
Thinking of you all this day; and remembering my dear friend Walt, who carried me on his back during many a handball tournament. And we won more than our share! Most of all Walt was a good and decent man with whom I will always carry with me what he stood for. God speed! Tom and Ann Cooper