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Roger Allan Ross, Sgt., USAF (Fallen)
January 16, 1968 – March 17, 1991
Lexington – Former Lexington resident Sgt. Roger Allan Ross, 23, of Spokane, Wash., died Sunday of injuries received in a helicopter accident in Korea.
He was injured when the cable on the helicopter hoist carrying him and another Air Force member broke. Sgt. Ross was a survival instructor assigned to the 3612th Combat Crew Training Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington. He was on a temporary, duty assignment at Osan Air Base Korea when the accident occurred. A board of Air Force officer has convened to investigate the accident.
A 1985 graduate of Lexington High School, he was a member of the Berean Baptist Church on Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the church.
Surviving are his wife, Shelley Ross and their unborn son; his mother, Myrna B. Roth of Lexington; his stepfather, Robert W. Roth of Lexington; a sister, Denise Ross of Lexington; a sister, a student at the Ohio State University; six stepbrothers and a stepsister, all of Wapakoneta; paternal grandmother, Verna M. Ross of Lexington; maternal grandmother, Katherine Vandlik of Mansfield; aunts and uncles, Clarence and Shirley Ross of Galion, Ray and Martha Ross of Rootstown, George and Nancy Ross of Columbus, Paul and Marilyn Kilzer of Marion, Charles and Kay Vandlik of Findlay, Robert and Carol Mathis of Mansfield, James M. and Corrine DeVine of Mansfield; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Lowell G. Ross, and his grandfathers, George E. Ross and John Vandlik.
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