Ira N. Ross
September 9, 1934 – July 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 www.palmmortuary.com for the Ross family.
- Visitation Sunday, July 15, 2018
- Funeral Service Sunday, July 15, 2018
Ira N. 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.
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.
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.
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
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🎁
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.
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.
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...
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❤️
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
July 16, 2018
We've experienced Ira through his son Brian, our coach, colleague and friend. Brian's generous spirit, dedication to his family, and commitment to helping those around him are a wonderful tribute to Ira and the Ross family. Our sympathies are with you all, and we wish that happy memories are a comfort during your time of grief. ~ the Cargill coach team
July 15, 2018
Ira, my Love, my Life, tomorrow we say goodbye for the last time and my heart hurts so bad it scares me. We had such a good life together, the love and respect we had for each other ,the trips and fun we had, I will remember forever. You left me a very great support group, with my children and yours, right now we are all hurting, I don't think you really knew how much you were loved and respected by so many people, but you will see tomorrow. I promised you I would be strong when and if this happened, and I am doing my best. The last twenty years of your life, were the very best of mine, and I will never forget them. Sleep tight my Darling, the pain is gone for you.
July 11, 2018
How do I share just one memory when you gave me so many.Was it the time you strutted around the house so proud because I got a 100%on my hunters safety test (the only girl in the class)or all those days getting to be the bat girl for your baseball teams. I was so proud to be part of your "team".I could talk about the love you instilled in me for the outdoors and camping ,we had so many wonderful memories.Well I'm going to talk about our last memory together,when I flew out to Vegas and Richard and I came over, you bought Chinese food and we sat around your table just laughing and talking then when we were done you broke out all your Navy memorabilia and you started telling us the stories.God I loved your stories.I remember that day because as you were talking I remember looking at you and thinking how happy you looked just telling your stories ,like that's all you needed.It was a good day for sure. When I drove away I never dreamed it would be the last time I saw you .Im sorry I didn't get back in time to say goodbye.My heart is broken I love you Daddy 😥🙏💙
July 9, 2018
I met Ira at the plant when he started . We were both in Operations for a few years until he bid into maintenance. We always got along because we had the same attitude about work. He and I went Sage Hen hunting in 1980. His son Brian and my son Rick were the same age and went with us. We hunted around Wildhorse Res. with my Dad, what a great time. Then in about '83 or '84 a couple of buddies of mine and I were on a deer hunting trip and broke down in Ely, it took the garage 4 days to get the car fixed. Some how we got Ira's phone number in McGill, him and Ira Jr. and Rick came and got us at the hotel, and we went Sage Hen hunting together for a couple of days, we got lots of birds and had an awesome time. My son now runs the Bar and restaurant at Wildhorse, I never go through McGill that I don't think of Ira, the pass through will not be the same anymore. Many great memories.
July 9, 2018
Day 3. I’m am realizing now you are not here. I cannot say how many memories have flooded me in these last few days of the relationship we had as Father and Daughter. I only think of the gentle man, the wise man, the strength and courage I seen growing up. My heart aches that this all has come to an end but will live on in my memories. I loved you with all my heart and will miss you immensely. Love you daddy😥
July 8, 2018
Too many memories with this clan to pick one. Karen has been one of my best friends for over 30 years, that includes her entire family and there are so many of you; I love you all
Krissy,Chris and Bryce Andrews
July 8, 2018
All of our memories with Grandpa/Big Papa were great ones! We will miss laughing so much with him while he would tell us stories.. I am so thankful for the time and all the memories we got to share with him.. His memories will definitely live on in our home!!
You will always be in our hearts BIG PAPA ❤
Chris & Cathy Valdez
July 8, 2018
My favorite memory was from 2011. Uncle Ira and Aunt Mabel came to see us in Elko so that we could go fishing at Wildhorse. It was a wonderful day of stories about my Mom and Dad and Uncle Ira teaching my boys to fish like he taught me when I was little. He took the boys out on a boat and my boys enjoyed every minute of it. Uncle Ira reminded me so much of my own father that I found comfort in being with him. He has always been my favorite uncle and I am sure going to miss him. I love him with all my heart and I will never forget all the fishing lessons he taught me, how to catch crawdads, and the lessons that he taught my children about fishing. I’d love to be fishing with him one last time.
July 8, 2018
The best memory was surprising him at his house in my LVMPD Police uniform and patrol car. He laughed and told me all his friends and neighbors were going to visit him after I left to see what law he broke and if he went to jail. Though the visit was short, the smile on his face when he saw me in uniform was priceless and I will never forget that laugh. He will be extremely missed.