Ira N. Ross

September 9, 1934July 6, 2018

Ira Nelson Ross, 83, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on Friday July 6, 2018. Ira was born September 9, 1934, to Clayton and Esther Ross in Brooklyn, Iowa, and lived in that area most of his childhood.

When Ira was 11 years old, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he lived until he joined the United States Navy on October 26, 1951. After his ten year tour in the Navy he returned to Phoenix, and later moved to California with his wife, Elizabeth, and small family.

In January 1963, Ira moved his family to Las Vegas, Nevada and worked at Nevada Power Company for 33 years, where he retired a Maintenance Supervisor. Elizabeth passed away after 45 years of marriage.

In 1998 he married Mabel Demele and they traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and several National Parks. His passion was fishing, hunting and his family. He was a member of USSVI – United States Submarine Veterans Inc.

Ira was proceeded in death by his parents; wife, Elizabeth; brothers, Calvin and Lanny; daughter, Alicia Hagen, and stepson, Joe Demele. He is survived by his wife, Mabel; sons: Ira (Pam) Ross, Richard (Midge) Ross, Michael (Michelle) Ross, Brian (Janel) Ross; daughters: Arlene (Rusty) Burton, Mary (Bob) Johnson, and Anna (Richard) Winn; stepdaughters: Debby Oakden, Karen Allen, Pamela Busey and Charron Gillespie; brothers, Charles and Glen Ross; 15 grandsons; 17 granddaughters; 55 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Ira was a great influence in all of their lives. His memory will be cherished and he will be forever loved.

In lieu of flowers please donate to The Wounded Warriors Project or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Funeral Services will begin at 12:00 PM, both at Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary, 800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV 89015. Entombment will be private with the family at Palm Henderson Cemetery, Henderson, Nevada.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Ross family.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 15, 2018

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Mabel Ross

February 21, 2019

It snowed tonight and really cold, I just miss you so much, I had a problem at night I would turn over and reach for you but you weren't there and then I would wake up and realize you are gone. Amanda made me a pillow out of the shirt you wore when we got married, it has a message that says, "This a shirt I used to wear, and whenever you hold it, know I am there." I don't know why, but it does give me some comfort, and I do hold it all night. It is just so hard without you, I feel so empty. Candy and Nichole and Nature made a vidio of your adult life and put it to music, with pictures of your hunting and camping and fishing, Pictures of family times with you and Betty and you and Me, it is really nice and I watch it about twice a week. The first song is our song, I'm gonna love you forever, of course I cry, but I need to. I wish you could write back to me or give me a sign, I just wonder and wonder what we could have done to save you, I know you were not ready to go. Or maybe. I just wasn't ready for you to go, but who is ever ready. I love you My Darling.

Mabel Ross

January 1, 2019

Well Honey I made it thru Christmas, thanks to the family and having young children to share it with, and now it is the first of a New Year without you. I miss you so much, hope it is better, it is just so hard without you. I love you.

Mabel Ross

November 20, 2018

I am so lost without you , I look at your empty chair while I am watching TV and watching the shows that we always watched together. You are such a big part of our home, so every where I look, you are here. It is just so hard to go on everyday and know you won't be coming back.
I read something today that really made me think of you ,"If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever." And that is the real truth, you are so loved My Darling. I just feel like I am writing a letter to you when I am on this page, I just never get an answer. But some way it just makes me feel closer. So I am crying now so guess it is time to say Goodbye, for now.

Pamela Busey

September 29, 2018

I first met Ira when he and my Mom and Dad became friends with the Ross family, I was about six years old. I soon became a regular at their home and friends with their children. Their Daughter Anna became my best friend and I was Maid of Honor at her wedding. When Ira's wife Elizabeth died it was a very sad day for all of us. Later Ira married my Mother and we became a large extended family. I truly loved and respected Ira as a true Father. He treated me as a Daughter and gave me support and advise. I still miss him and will always hold him in my heart. I love you Dad

Anna Winn

September 10, 2018

Happy birthday dad,
I miss you so much I would give anything to give you a big hug or hear your voice.I saw the tree you helped plant at Brian's its beautiful.You were such a big part of all of our lives,we will love and cherish these memories forever, love you daddy 🎂happy birthday🎁

Mabel Ross

September 10, 2018

Today My Darling we had a Celebration of your life, Some of your Children and mine, some of the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren and even a Great Great Grandchild. It was wonderful to talk about you, share stories and just enjoy the memory of you. You are so missed and I especially miss you every day and every night, it is hard to go to bed without you, and the goodnight hugs. Your memory is in our home and the feeling of you here, helps me some, but not hearing your voice or being able to touch you is unbearable. I just love you so very much.

Mabel Ross

August 2, 2018

Today is our twenty year anniversary, and I am missing you so much. I want to thank you so much for the years you loved me and the wonderful times we shared. We said I love you everyday, but I do not think you knew how much I really love you, because I did not know myself, how lonely it would be. You were my life, my love and my best friend and nothing can change that, not even death. You will always be with me, Thank you my Darling.

Charron Gillespie

July 28, 2018

He was kind, sweet, and gentle, and he hid it as best he could behind his gruff bear of a persona. He immediately welcomed us into his family, and we loved him, always will...

Karen Allen

July 21, 2018

Ira’s memorial was one of the most beautiful I have witnessed. I am grateful for Mike Ross and the other siblings and grandkids that did so much to take on the task of planning everything and giving my mom the opportunity to grieve, accept and just breathe. Ira Ross was a father to me way before him and my mom married twenty years ago. So many memories to savior when I think of him. This past year was a very personal and difficult time for me and he was one of my biggest supporters, he listened, gave advise and most of all could make me laugh. Like so many others, I will miss him so much. All I can do now is be here for my mom, as he would want me to be. I Love You Ira❤️

Richard Ross

July 21, 2018

My father was a great man he did everything right for his family he made me the man I am today we had a lot of good fishing and hunting trips together and he taught me everything I know I am going to miss him a lot but he will always be in my heart I will never forget him RIP DAD