A Mass of Christian Burial will held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal on Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. conducted by The Rev. Jerome W. Fasano. Entombment will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery.
The son of Palmiro “Pete” Rossi and Carrie Ann Rogers, Ronald was born March 7th, 1925 in Mount Airy, North Carolina. He was drafted into the United States Army at age 18, and served his country diligently and proudly during World War II. He relocated to Virginia during the 1940’s, where he met his wife of 57 years, Sadie Mae Henry.
During his lifetime, Ronald started and ran two businesses, R&R Crane Rental and Beltway Oxygen and Welding Supply, both of which were very successful. He was a skilled steel erector and welder, helping to complete many large projects, including schools and the local Royal Plaza Shopping Center. He was an extremely hard worker, and even in his last days, wished only for more opportunity to go to work.
He was many different things, to many different people, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, friend, engineer, philosopher, icon, fixer, and inspiration to everyone he met. His generosity, warm smile, and willingness to help were absolutely apparent to everyone who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his wife Sadie, his daughter Donna, his sisters Faye and Ann, as well as many close friends. Mr.
Rossi is survived in death by his daughters Brenda Darlene Ranegan of Bristol TN, Jackie Kaye Burgess (and husband John) of Manassas VA, Tina Rae Rossi (and fiancé Joe) and Stormi Adcock (and husband Jonathan) both of Front Royal. He is also survived by his brother Charles Rossi of Venice FL, numerous nieces and nephews, 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren, all of whom he treasured greatly.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.
Pallbearers will be Steve Foster, George McIntyre, Emile Gaulton, Peanut Tharpe, Paul Reese, and Jeff Davis.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Bruce Hite, William “Cricket” Odum (Accompanied by Maureen Estes), and Joe Priest.