OBITUARY

Ross Wayne Beetow

December 2, 1944May 3, 2018
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Ross Wayne Beetow, 73, of Amherst, Virginia passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018 peacefully at his residence due to complications from an aneurysm. He was the loving husband of Helen Ruth (Lambert) Beetow.

Born on December 2, 1944 in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late Cyrus F. Beetow and the late DeLeo G. (Roberts) Beetow. He was a 1962 graduate of Springville Griffith Institute and Central School. Following graduation Ross joined the United States Navy and served honorably aboard the destroyer, USS Henderson as a radioman during the Vietnam War. Ross retired from National Fuel Gas in Buffalo, NY on February 1, 2001 after 34 years of service. Ross was a man who was always on the go and involved in many clubs and organizations. Ross was a Freemason and member of the Ismailia Temple Shrine in Buffalo New York. He was the master of the Livingstone Lodge in Colden New York. After moving to Virginia, he joined the Clinton Lodge in Amherst Virginia and become Master of that lodge as well. Ross was an avid dog lover and was a member of many Kennel Clubs. He enjoyed showing West Highland and Norwich Terriers to their championships under the prefix Whitehart Kennel with his wife Ruth and daughter Pamela. Ross was politically active and a member of the Amherst County Republican Committee and Lynchburg Tea Party. Along with his masonic brothers from the Clinton Lodge he volunteered at the Red Cross Blood drives. Ross was a man of many projects and could always be found with a tape measure or various tools in his pocket. He was always there to lend a helping hand.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, Ross is survived by his daughters, Christine Beetow of Vernon, WI, and Pamela Miller (husband Daniel, stepson River) of Hillsborough, NC and; brother, Nelson Beetow and wife Elaine of Greece, NY; sister, Barbara Cunningham and husband Mark of Middleport, NY; and numerous other family members and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 am on June 16, 2018 at Whitten Monelison Chapel, with Celebrant Polly Starnes officiating. Masonic Rites and Military Honors will be presented.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project.

  • FAMILY

  • Cyrus F. Beetow, Father
  • DeLeo G. Roberts Beetow, Mother
  • Helen Ruth Lambert Beetow, Wife
  • Christine Beetow, Daughter
  • Pamela Miller and husband Daniel, Daughter
  • River Miller, Step-Grandson
  • Nelson Beetow and wife Elaine, Brother
  • Barbara Cunningham and husband Mark, Sister
  • Ross is also survived by numerous other family members and friends.
  • DONATIONS

  • Wounded Warrior Project

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, June 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

Ross Wayne Beetow

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Michael Weber

June 23, 2018

Dear Ruthie, Ross popped into my head just a minute ago. I haven't thought of him in many years. I thought, I'll Google it to find out where you all live. Then I saw the sad news. It broke my heart. I am so so very sorry for your loss. One of my earliest memories was of Ross - always so tan - cleaning the pool. I was walking by, not paying attention and hip checked me into the pool. I remember him laughing and Mrs Bestow yelling at him.. and laughing too. I also remember seeing you and Ross dressed up to go out - you had on a red and white checked dress on and said how beautiful you looked. It's crazy the things we remember.. but also do nice. Ruthie I lost my partner after 11 years. I can't imagine what you're feeling after 50. Sending you love. Michael Weber

Karen Beetow

June 15, 2018

My Uncle Ross:::
My Uncle Ross such a strong man. He had a heart of Soul and strength of an ox. He just couldn't fight this battle it was to strong for him he gave it his all.
He taught me things about living on a farm the out doors, he taught me how to fire a gun, "I don't think my dad was to happy about that." He taught me how to get dirty on a farm but clean up like a nice young lady should.
My Heart is forever broken , Chris , Pam, Ruth I wish I could be there but due to work I'am not able to. He would want us to be strong but cry if we need to but continue to live our lives and make it the best we can. I'm so sorry I could not be with you. I love you all and please believe me that my heart is there with you.
Love Karen

Judith Drabek-Ortiz

June 7, 2018

Dear Ruth and family,
I'm not sure if you remember me or my family. My father was Edward Drabek and we lived on Trevett Rd , Springville, NY. My best memories of Ross was horseback riding with him and his sister Barbara. I remember the dogs you raised and the laughs with all the family (DeLeo and Cy too). I am very sorry for your loss and you and your family are in my prayers.
Judith Drabek-Ortiz

Kathy & Bill Nixon

June 5, 2018

Dear Ruth and Family, It was nearly 35 years ago when we first met thanks to Geordie. These 35 years with Terriers (Westies and Scotties) have been the best times of our lives.

Our prayers and sympathies are with you all. Know that you both touched so many lives and he will be missed by so many.

Kathy & Bill
(And our current Westies. )

Mark Neupert

June 3, 2018

Ross will be an unforgettable member of the Nation Fuel Gas Famiy. He will always be held in the highest esteem by all his fellow employees.
Prayers be with you through your new journey.

Jacob Karb III

June 2, 2018

We have missed Ross at Living Stone Lodge here in NY. He was very active and a mentor to me as I moved up through the ranks. When I became Master and we remodeled the Lodge building he worked tirelessly and never had to be asked since he volunteered first. Those of us who know him are better men because of it. RIP my Brother and my sincere thoughts and condolences to the family.

Mallory Driskill

June 2, 2018

Ross was always such a joy to work with at the local kennel club events and meetings. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

Lindsay Johnson

May 7, 2018

I didn't know Ross all that long, but he and Ruth both made a huge impression on me and my family. Going to see them to drop off the dogs was always a pleasure. Mason looked forward to seeing the chickens and loved it when Ross had food for him to feed to them. Always a smile on his face even for 7 am pick ups! He will be greatly missed.
Sending love to you all.

Diane M. Franczyk

May 7, 2018

Remembering many good times shared with Ross on Trevett Rd. My heartfelt sympathy to Ruth, Chris and Pam.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Ross Wayne Beetow, 73, of Amherst, Virginia passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018 peacefully at his residence due to complications from an aneurysm. He was the loving husband of Helen Ruth (Lambert) Beetow.

Born on December 2, 1944 in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late Cyrus F. Beetow and the late DeLeo G. (Roberts) Beetow. He was a 1962 graduate of Springville Griffith Institute and Central School. Following graduation Ross joined the United States Navy and served honorably aboard the destroyer, USS Henderson as a radioman during the Vietnam War. Ross retired from National Fuel Gas in Buffalo, NY on February 1, 2001 after 34 years of service. Ross was a man who was always on the go and involved in many clubs and organizations. Ross was a Freemason and member of the Ismailia Temple Shrine in Buffalo New York. He was the master of the Livingstone Lodge in Colden New York. After moving to Virginia, he joined the Clinton Lodge in Amherst Virginia and become Master of that lodge as well. Ross was an avid dog lover and was a member of many Kennel Clubs. He enjoyed showing West Highland and Norwich Terriers to their championships under the prefix Whitehart Kennel with his wife Ruth and daughter Pamela. Ross was politically active and a member of the Amherst County Republican Committee and Lynchburg Tea Party. Along with his masonic brothers from the Clinton Lodge he volunteered at the Red Cross Blood drives. Ross was a man of many projects and could always be found with a tape measure or various tools in his pocket. He was always there to lend a helping hand.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, Ross is survived by his daughters, Christine Beetow of Vernon, WI, and Pamela Miller (husband Daniel, stepson River) of Hillsborough, NC and; brother, Nelson Beetow and wife Elaine of Greece, NY; sister, Barbara Cunningham and husband Mark of Middleport, NY; and numerous other family members and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 am on June 16, 2018 at Whitten Monelison Chapel, with Celebrant Polly Starnes officiating. Masonic Rites and Military Honors will be presented.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project.