August 3, 1954-March 4, 2018
ROCKFORD, Ill. — Richard E. Ross, 63, of Rockford, Illinois, formerly of Moline, passed away Sunday March 4, 2018, at Swedish American Hospital, Belvidere, Illinois.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to Leukemia Research Foundation.
Richard was born August 3, 1954, in Moline, a son of Kenneth and Myrtle Genevieve Griffith Ross. He graduated from Rock Island High School, Class of 1972. He received his bachelor's degree from Augustana College, Rock Island. He pursued graduated studies and received his master's degree in physics from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and then earned his Ph.D. in medical physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Richard was a college professor and educator at Scott Community College, Black Hawk College, and, lastly, with Rock Valley College. Richard was part of several professional educator associations.
While at Rock Valley Richard and some students under his mentorship were honored by NASA for their discovery of an unknown asteroid near earth.
Richard enjoyed cycling and music. He played guitar with the Moonlight Orchestra of Rockford. He was a huge jazz music, Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers fan.
Surviving are his siblings and their spouses, David Ross, Moline, Donald and Dee Ross, Davenport, Kathy and Jim Wilbert, Burlington, Iowa, and Karen Overcash, Rock Island; many nephews and nieces, including Kenneth Moran and Deena Harroun, and great nephews and great nieces, including Haley Moran; cousins, Heather Monson and Tom and Zilpha Grooms; and special friends, Larry and Donna Vworschak.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com