Ross Griffith, 74, of Brooks, Iowa, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 17, 2023, at his home in Brooks. Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M., Thursday, July 20, 2023 at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 701 7th Street, Corning, Iowa, with Rev. Gordon Scott, officiating. Burial with military honors will be at the Nodaway Cemetery, Nodaway, Iowa. Open Visitation will be 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., with family receiving friends 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family, in Ross’s name, to be determined. Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Ross Dean Griffith was born July 20, 1948 to Gerald Frances (Jud) Griffith & Annabelle Grace (Lee) Griffith in Iowa City, Iowa. Ross grew up in the Villisca, Nodaway, Corning area. He attended both Villisca and Corning Schools graduating from Corning with the class of 1966.
Ross joined the Navy in 1967 and became a Navy Corpsman. Ross was stationed with the Marines in Viet Nam for most of his tour, helping to save the lives of many soldiers. His buddies came to depend on him for help and called him Doc. Ross was proud to be an American and proud of his service to his country.
When his Navy service to his country ended Ross became a Nuclear Medicine Technologist working in the Des Moines area hospitals. In 1978 Ross had the opportunity to buy a nuclear medicine business with his friend Bryan Hallenbeck and along with a few other partners Nuclear Sonics was born. They served area hospitals all over Iowa and parts of Southern Colorado with their mobile nuclear medicine trucks. Ross loved his work which was evident by the 40 plus years he spent in the field. Ross continued working until his retirement in 2015.
Ross loved to deer hunt and spent many hours putting out trail cameras, setting up stands and mapping out the routes the deer would follow preparing for the big hunt in December. Ross and his friends would gather at Fuller’s, Mercer’s or Ross’s garage after the big hunt and reminisce about the big bucks that alluded them, however Ross seemed to be a good shot, as several of those bucks were mounted and hung proudly. The last deer he ever shot was mounted and given to Him as a gift by dear friends Doug and Clay Mercer.
For most people it is hard to find that true love, but Ross was blessed to find that kind of love twice in his life. He was united in marriage to Carol Brown on October 12, 1980, until her passing in 2008. Ross was then united in marriage to LuCinda Dickey on November 18, 2017, in Brooks, IA where they reside.
Ross loved living life to the fullest. He was the most caring loving person and gave his all to his family and friends. Spending time with Friends was one of his greatest joys and time spent with his Brothers and Sisters was always special to him.
Ross was beyond proud of his nieces and nephews. He treated each of them as if they were his own and he helped them with anything they asked. Ross had a great sense of humor and was notorious for joking around, doing the unexpected like eating a quail heart right out of the bird for a real treat and giving an “awbuwase” to his nephews.
He loved his grandsons very much and although his health kept him from showing them how to hunt, he always had suggestions on how they could be ornery or pull a joke over on someone. He enjoyed taking them on adventures searching for “dinosaur” bones in the woods. Teaching them how to drive the ranger, hunting for rocks, building campfires, talking sports, especially football and telling stories of his life’s adventures.
Ross took his last journey through life with LuCinda by his side and together they found joy in everyday and something to smile or laugh about. They loved sharing sunrises and sunsets on their decks and just talking about all they had done and even what time didn’t allow them to do. Always being thankful that God brought them together to share a great love.
Ross was a proud member of Adams County Pheasants Forever and enjoyed helping with the banquet each year. Ross was a lifetime member of the VFW post #1797 in Creston, Iowa.
Ross loved sports and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, Steelers fan, and Chiefs fan. His all-time favorite sporting event was Racing. Ross was a proud supporter of Adams County Speedway, where he held the offices of President, Vice President and Treasurer. He owned cars driven by Joe Zadina and Clay Mercer and was elected to the Adams County Hall of Fame in 2020.
Preceding Ross in death were his parents, Jud and Annabelle Griffith; sisters: Marilyn Griffith and Joanne Coulter (Bob); wife, Carol Brown Griffith; son, Skyler Dickey; brother, Chuck Griffith (Cheri).
Left to cherish his memory, are his loving and devoted wife, LuCinda Griffith of Brooks; daughter, Deanna Williams (Taurus); grandsons: Cael and Cain of Gretna, Nebraska; brother, Jim Griffith (Donna) of Modesto, California; sister, Alice Linden (Gale) of Kimbalton, Iowa; mother-in-law, Gloria Baldwin of Nodaway, Iowa; brother-in-law, Clifford Baldwin (Donelle) of Nodaway, Iowa; caregiving angels: Beth Weaver, Angie McArdle, Linda Young, Linda Carmichael; many nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends