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Ty Ross was born in Dayton, Ohio, to Roy and Ruth Ross. He attended school in Beaver Creek, Ohio, and graduated from Beaver Creek High School in 1957. While still living in Ohio, he worked for National Cash Register. He then served in the US Navy, stationed in San Diego.
After moving to Florida in 1966, Ty graduated from St. Petersburg Jr. College and University of South Florida, Tampa campus. He worked at Suncoast Builders after graduating.
In 1975, he married Julianna Hilliard and they moved from Tampa to Bradenton, which was Julie's hometown. He began working as a meter reader at Florida Power & Light Company in 1976. When he retired in 2004, he was supervisor of the meter readers in Manatee County.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 43 years, Julie; his son Thomas L. (Carmen) Ross of Riverview; two grandchildren, Heather (Rafael) Bellinni of Spring Hill, and Erik Ross, of Riverview; three great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Micah, and Ezra Bellinni. He also leaves a sister-in-law, Nancy Ross, who is the widow of his brother Jim Ross.
Also mourning his death and special in his life were two nieces, Hilleary Price and Carrie Price (Preston) Whaley; and great-nephew and niece Otis and Imogene Whaley. The two nieces' mother is Mary Hilliard, who will miss him greatly. Ty also loved and respected Betty Kerfoot, of San Antonio, who was his former wife and Tom's mother.
Per Ty's instructions, there will be no funeral services. A Celebration of Life may be held at a future date.
Ty lived life to the fullest. He was kind and generous, and he showed his love through building projects and helping others when they needed him. He was a friend to all and loved to talk about sports and cars. After retirement, Ty enjoyed being a snowbird. He spent half the year living in Hiawasee, GA, and half in Bradenton. He especially enjoyed taking his dogs, Jake and Holly, on ATV rides through the North Georgia mountains. Many local friends and neighbors in Hiawassee will miss him and remember his kindnesses.