John Ross Jr.

April 28, 1930July 10, 2018
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John Ross Jr. was born in Johnstown, PA. John was born to the late John Ross and Louis Scorpio. He died at home in peace, in his sleep. He was 88 years old.

John joined the US Army and served his Country honorably. He entered in to the services at the end of the World War II, served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. John was recognized with the Army Commendation medals (First, Second and Third Oak Leaf Clusters), as well as The Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces. (Just to name a few.)

John was highly regarded in the US Army for:

“leading his men by setting an example of dedication and professionalism worthy of emulation by the most loyal and experienced Noncommission Officers”

“outstanding results on all occasions”

“outstanding achievement and superior manner of execution”

“His performance was in the best traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”

Command Sergeant Major, John Ross Jr, after over 30 years, retired with honors from the U.S. Army in 1975.

John continued his career in managing one of the National Car Rental in El Paso, Texas for 15 years.

He has enjoyed his permanent retirement for 28 years! John was known as a devoted husband, dad and grandfather. He was also a devout Catholic, very spirited, jovial, witty, and energetic. Some friends said that he was such a talker that “his lips never met” (like his sister, Louise) or that he is so energetic that he is like the “Mexican jumping bean!” John loved and enjoyed time with his family and many friends around the world.

John is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Hermine Reintjes. They met in Germany, in 1957, married in 1960 and have been together for an amazing 61 years. They have a loving son, Michael. He was a miracle birthday present on Hermine’s 41st birthday! Mike is married to Mee Brown and Johnny is the grandson.

John is also survived by a son and daughter from his first marriage, Phillip Ross and Debra Sutterfield. Phillip has one son, Jared and a step daughter, Tiffany. Debra has a daughter, Teresa Sutterfield Lewis, who is married to Gregg and has three great grandchildren, Justin, Kayleigh, and Blake.

John’s sister, Gladys Louise Kubich, lives in North Carolina. He is preceded in death by his ex-wife, Patsy Lisenbe, his older sister, Mary Jane, and his parents.

Father Joseph from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church will officiate the services.

The family of John Ross Jr. wishes to extend our sincere thanks to:

Father Joseph from St. Anthony’s for his last rights. John’s firm belief in God supported him in his struggle with Parkinsons, Dementia and ultimately gave him everlasting peace.

His breakfast buddies, Don, Ed, Ron, Ed, Clifford, Jim and their families. Thank you all for your continued friendship.

Dr. Paul Yu, PCP, Charlin Home Health and Hospice: Ramona, Betsy, Deidra, Denise, Liz, Pam, Brittany and Jackie… Just to name the most recent helpers. Thank you so much for helping John for the last year. It has been a pleasure working with you to make John as comfortable as possible.


  • Visitation Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Angelika Berns

July 24, 2018

Looking at all those pictures brought back memories of times gone by and almost forgotten. What I will never forget is the amazing friendship that John and my Dad struck up from the very start without speaking each other’s language. They obviously had a subtle way of communicating. Other memories that came to my mind were John’s generosity and hospitality, and most of all, his laugh, which was contagious.

Birgit Reintjes

July 17, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. I do not have much memories of Uncle John, because they, Aunt Hermi and Oncle John, were rarely in Germany and at that time traveling was not as it was today. But my dad was always very much in thoughts with his sister Hermi and his brother in law. My father spent a long vacation there with my mother and it was his best vacation every time. I hope Aunt Hermi is doing well in the circumstances and wishes her all the strength to handle this loss.
deepest condolences, your niece, your Cousin Birgit Reintjes with her family

Steven Williams

July 11, 2018

I was fortunate to meet Mr. Ross on a New Years evening, along with his lovely bride.
He had a twinkle in his eye when I mentioned , how proud he must be of his son, Mike.
He will be missed by many,
Steven Williams