Ralston H. ‘Ross’ Shively, 94 of Freedom went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
Born December 23, 1925 in Monaca, he was one of eight children born to the late Ralston O. and Martha (Fitzau) Shively.
As a young man, Ross served in the U S Navy during the later part of World War II. He then gained employment with the former Spang Chalfont Seamless Tube Company (now known as Armco Steel) in Ambridge from where he later retired. One of Ross’ greatest passions was hunting and fishing, particularly at Lake Pymatuning. His love of hunting and fishing was passed down to his son, Tom as well. Each year, Ross raised a bountiful vegetable garden which he gifted its produce to both friends and neighbors. He was a long time member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, New Sewickley Township and remembered as a wonderful dad, grandfather and great grandfather.
Ross was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, June E. Metzger Shively on February 8, 2015. He was the last of his siblings.
He leaves three children: Diane (Bob) Funkhouser, Thomas (Cheri) Shively and Joyce (Chuck) Griffith. Seven grandchildren: Rachel (Greg) Nola, Aaron (Kristi) Funkhouser, Beth (Frank) Trputec, Adam (Siobhan) Funkhouser, Mark (Jen) Funkhouser, Jessica (Tom) Nelson and Ben Funkhouser. Twenty great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A family viewing and funeral service will be held at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 60 Rochester Road, Freedom with his pastor, the Reverend Robert Wacker, officiating. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to Ross’ memory to either the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.
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