Ross C. Pelton Jr. passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, in Colleyville, Texas.
He was born Dec. 19, 1924, in Valdosta, Ga., and grew up in Valdosta and Waycross, Ga. After graduation from high school in Waycross, he attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn.
After attending college for one year, Ross joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1943 and served during WWII in the Pacific Theater aboard the LST 761. He was discharged from the Coast Guard in 1946 at the rank of Seaman 1st Class.
Ross worked as a watchmaker/repairman and then for the Boy Scouts of America. He was transferred with the Boy Scouts from the Georgia area to Greenville, Texas. After a stint with the Boy Scouts, he worked for and retired from Sperry & Hutchinson Co. in the Dallas, Texas, area.
He and wife Betty moved from Dallas to Franklin, Texas, where Ross worked for the Robertson County Water Supply Corporation. He retired from that employment and he and Betty moved to Colleyville, Texas. Ross was an outgoing, personable man who couldn't sit still in retirement; so he went to work part-time managing marinas and selling boats.
Ross was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Williams Pelton; father Ross Corbett Pelton Sr.; brother Howard Pelton and wife Loraine; brothers and sisters-in-law Arthur and Geneva Yawn and Jack and Betty Yawn; and his great-grandson, Jerald Ryan Pelton.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Betty Pelton; daughter Judy Pelton of Colleyville; "adopted daughter" Val Goss of Colleyville; son Jerry Pelton and wife Dottye of Franklin; granddaughter Katy Pelton Roesner and husband Daniel of Magnolia, Texas; grandson Corbett Pelton and wife Ashley; and great-grandsons Dylan Ross Pelton and Kyle Lucas Pelton, all of Franklin; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service is pending with the Nazarene Church in Euless, Texas, with a military service to be held at the National Cemetery in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Euless First Church-Nazarene, 801 W. Midway Drive, Euless, TX 76039; Heart to Heart Hospice, 5608 Malvey Avenue, Suite 301, Fort Worth, TX 76107; Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211; or a charity of choice.
Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Ross will be missed.
Published on June 7, 2017