James R. Ross

James R. “Jim” Ross, of Zanesville, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2022, surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Genesis Hospice.


Jim was born in White Cross Hospital of Columbus on April 18, 1946. He is the son of the late Delbert Robert and Wanda Elaine (Jenkins) Ross. Jim worked for the Ohio Ferro Alloy in Philo as a Steel Worker, for Putnam Transfer and Anheuser-Busch (Eagle Snacks) as a truck driver and he retired from PIP Printing in Columbus where he worked as their delivery driver in and around the Columbus area. Jim was very active his entire

life, he coached East Tigers Football in the 70’s and 80’s as well as coaching wrestling for Philo Jr and Senior High School and numerous open tournaments throughout the state. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed bow hunting, gun hunting and fishing. He used to be a member of the Salt Creek Beagle (Hunting) Club back in the day. He also

enjoyed throwing darts and pool tournaments. He and his team won a national dart championship in Las Vegas in the late 90’s. He was a huge follower of NASCAR and even drove on the local dirt track at Columbus Speedway in the Outlaw Classes. He became a local legend, when during one of his races he lost his back left tire on the first lap of the race. Even though the tire passed him he completed the race and finish in 2 nd place, where he received a standing ovation from his family and all the fans. In 2019 he  moved back to the Zanesville area to be closer to family and friends, which gave him the opportunity to enjoy mowing grass, going for car rides and spending time with his great grand children under the trees or gathered around the bonfire.


Jim is survived by his children, James Michael “Jimmy” Ross, Elaine Elizabeth “Cissy” (Mike) Baker, his grandchildren, Ivy Lee Campbell, Elaine “Laney” Marie Ross, Joshua Michael Baker, Jessica Elaine (Marcus) West, and Jacob Charles Baker; his great grandchildren, Melanie Elaine West, Nathan William West, Liam Arthur Baker; his sisters, Susie Young and Melinda “Lynn” (Bob) Trautner.


In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his son, Jason Robert Ross; his grandson, Jason James Ross; and his sister, Kathy (Tom) Pletcher.


Visitations will be 5 to 7 pm on Monday, July 11, 2022 at the Farus Funeral Home of Duncan Falls. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date and he will be laid to rest in the Otsego Cemetery beside his wife.