Ross Stanley Gassaway, a resident of Grants Pass, Oregon, passed away of natural causes on January 28, 2015 at his home. He was 67 years old.
He had retired three weeks prior from his position as the Chief Executive Office of the Grants Pass Medical Clinic.
Ross, who was of Shasta Indian heritage, was born in Mount Shasta, California on November 17, 1947 to Ross and Pauline Gassaway.
Ross grew up in Mount Shasta and went on to travel the world as he served in the United States Air Force for 24 years.
Ross was a two-time Vietnam veteran working as a helicopter medic; and then a physician’s assistant.
After military service, through hard work and dedication, Ross earned his triple Master’s degree at Golden Gate University.
He became the CEO and Vice President of Sutter North Medical Foundation; and then the CEO at Desert Valley Medical Group.
Ross was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Grants Pass.
Ross was preceded in death by his loving wife of 43 years, Sandra Kay Gassaway in 2012. Their love was that of a fairytale, proving that although rare in this day and age, true love still exists.
Ross was also preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Paula Gassaway-Hayward.
Ross is survived by daughter, Michelle Weston of Gazelle, California; daughter, Tracy Gassaway-Swartz of Cottonwood, California; brother, Grant Gassaway of Mount Shasta; grandchildren: Cammie Timmons, Tyler Swartz, Sandra Weston, and Sarah Weston; and great-granddaughter, Kelsi Timmons.
There will be a funeral service for Ross on Saturday, February 7 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Mount Shasta; followed by a graveside will full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements are in the care of Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.