Ross E. Hamrick, 71, Bidwell, Ohio passed Tuesday, June 26, 2018 due to complications from a March traffic accident. He was born October 2, 1946 in Gallipolis, Ohio to Fred E. Hamrick and Audrey Freeman Hamrick. His parents, brother Fred G. Hamrick and beloved Aunt Bettie Clark predeceased him.
He is survived by nephew Bradley A. Hamrick, niece Kesha Hamrick Johnson, grand-niece Audrey Johnson, grand-nephew Andrew Johnson and Clyde Morrow as well as his numerous cousins including Gallia County natives Joseph W. Clark, Charles D. Clark and Catherine M. Clark-Eich.
Growing up on a dairy farm and active in 4-H, Ross showed dairy cattle at the Gallia County Junior Fair. He graduated from Gallia Academy High School, attended Rio Grande University, was a volunteer fire fighter for the Rio Grande Fire Department and volunteered. for the Gallia County Volunteer Emergency Ambulance Service. Ross also served as a Deputy Sheriff.
Ross installed his first security system in the Bob Evans Sausage Shop. He continued to provide service to that establishment (now a Bob Evans Restaurant) for decades. With a strong interest in electronics, he built his own security system and satellite TV business has been expanded to include video and internet coverage.
After the passing of his parents, he tended to visit the “Sausage Shop” daily. In addition to breakfast he would often stop in for supper with his Aunt Bettie while she was still able to visit “the shop.” In later years he would stop before it closed for a last cup of coffee and to visit the staff as they completed closing activities. Much of his social life was here where he would visit with friends, neighbors and business associates. Upon arriving he would usually “make the rounds” going from table to table greeting the people he knew. He liked to sit facing the door, so he could see and often greet new arrivals. He always had a good word for everyone and showed great interest in his or her lives and well-being.
A member of the Appalachian Riding Horse Club, Ross loved horses and trail riding. His only pet in the latter years of his life was his American Paint, Fancy, who will continue to be lovingly cared for by lifelong friends Jim and Jenny Sheets of Meigs County.
Ross was a member of the Gallipolis Masonic Morning Dawn F&AM Lodge #7 and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. His Shriner affiliation was with the Aladdin Temple, Columbus, Ohio and the Gallipolis Shrine Club. A devoted Shriner, he was active in the fundraising activities for the Shriners Children Hospitals. While Ross was often not what one might call punctual, he was always on time for the weekly Shriners’ meeting and dinner.
Family and friends may call Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, Ohio 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. Masonic Services to be conducted at 2:00 PM by Gallipolis Morning Dawn F&AM Lodge #7. Private Graveside services will be conducted in the Mound Hill Cemetery, Gallipolis, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Ross’ name can be made to Shriners Hospitals at www.lovetotherescue.org.