Ross Calvin Joseph Obituary

April 2, 2017 Obituary

Ross Calvin Joseph, Salem, Ohio - obit

SALEM, Ohio – Ross Calvin Joseph, age 90, of Salem, died at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Essex of Salem II.

He was born March 26, 1927 in Lisbon, Ohio, the son of the late Garfield S. and Eva Mae (Engler) Joseph.

Ross was a 1946 graduate of David Anderson High School, Lisbon.

After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He retired from Equitable Life Insurance Company where he worked as an Insurance Agent for 21 years. Not liking to be idle, he worked in condo management and maintenance positions after retirement. His most memorable position was with Faith Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Vermont.

He and his wife eventually moved back to Salem.

Ross was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Salem, where he served as a deacon and trustee for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy C. (Crouthers) Joseph, whom he married January 10, 1953; a daughter, Debra Rivera of Salem; a sister, Beverly Halverstadt of Salem, Oregon; three grandchildren, Rachel Rivera, Sharon Fretwell and Gabriel J. Rivera and seven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Barry Ross Joseph; six brothers; five sisters and a great-granddaughter, Savannah L. Rivera.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at the Calvary Baptist Church.

Interment will be at Lisbon Cemetery.

Special Message:
Ross Joseph was a bright light. If you ever saw him you knew he was full of so much joy and kindness that his eyes sparkled. Though he turned 90 yrs old on March 26, he was young at heart. He kept himself fit, active and involved in church and the community. He made the world’s best pancakes and was a great listener who lived and loved without judging. He was an army veteran and talented photographer. He liked to tease and laugh, play golf and pool and most evenings could be found napping in his favorite living room chair. When he spoke you were glad he did because you would either laugh or learn. He was a selfless and impeccable example of a husband, father, grandfather and human being. His work ethic, generosity and patience are unmatched. His impression was lasting upon all whom he encountered. He is deeply missed by his family.

Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. His obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at

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