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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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

Amanda Munoz

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

Mabel Ross

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.

Anna Winn

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 😥🙏💙

Skip Pike

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.

Arlene Burton

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😥

Mary Buttery

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.