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Ohio owner-breeder Keith Ross dies at 81

March 26, 2018

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Keith "Red" Ross, Sr., 81, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, passed away Thursday, March 22, at his home.
He was born in Wayne County, West Virginia, on Oct. 28, 1936. Keith married Donna Lee Cribley, and they owere together for 47 years before she passed away on Jan. 10, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his mother Leota Ross Akers, his grandmother who raised him - Sadie Ross, brother Donald Glenn Akers, and grandson Brandon Ross.
A veteran of the US Army, Keith was self-employed. He loved his horses and harness racing. He was a longtime member of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association as well as the U.S. Trotting Association.
One of his proudest and most recent accomplishments was his 3-year-old filly Like Old Times winning Ohio Horse of the Year honors  in 2015. He also bred and campaigned Ohio champion Cool Colby.
Keith was a member of the Eagles, Elks, Moose, and American Legion. He was an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds and was a season-ticket holder for many years.
He is survived by his children, Keith (Becky) Ross, Jr. of Bellefontaine, Mark Ross of Orlando, Florida, and Kim (Tim) LeVan of Bellefontaine; 6 grandchildren, Clark Ross, Colby (Rhandi) LeVan, Lindy (Tark) Martin, Luke (Rachel) Ross, Kara (Quinn) Ross-Henning, and Hollie (Alexander) Ross-Williams; 8 great-grandchildren, Bensyn LeVan, Parker, Harper, and Carson Penhorwood, Eddie and Abbott Ross, Eden Williams, and Ryan Henning; and his special friend, Gail Huser.
Friends may call at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, on Friday, March 30, 2018, from 5-7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lights of Love, c/o Logan County Cancer Society
, Attn: Tammy Allison, 205 Palmer Ave., Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.
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