Matthew Ross shared close bond with co-workers

Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 4:49 p.m. CDT; updated 8:55 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 17, 2012
Matthew Charles Ross, May 31, 1965 — March 16, 2012, of Columbia

COLUMBIA — Matthew Ross always had a kind word for those around him, even if he didn’t know them that well.

Once a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City, Mr. Ross was observed as being constant and devout in his faith.

“Matt was about as constant as could be in his worship and just had this incredible faith, given all the stuff he’s gone through,” said First Presbyterian Church pastor Rob Erickson.

Matthew Charles Ross of Columbia died Friday, March 16, 2012. He was 46.

He was born May 31, 1965, in LaPorte, Ind., to the Rev. Charles Dudley and Arlene (Hayes) Ross.

Mr. Ross was orphaned at the age of 11 by an automobile accident that also took the life of his sister Rebekah. He experienced severe head injuries but made a significant recovery. 

When he was 12, he was welcomed into the family of Don and Betsy Sisson.

After joining the Sisson family, Mr. Ross graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 1984. He was the equipment manager for the school’s football team.

He was a certified animal caretaker in the Office of Animal Resources at MU for more than 20 years. He loved Missouri sports, politics and reading but really valued the relationships he had with his co-workers.

Erickson said that though cleaning animal cages might sound unappealing to some, Mr. Ross had a droll sense of humor pertaining to his work and his outlook on life that didn’t go unnoticed by those around him.

Mr. Ross is survived by his parents of the past 35 years, Don and Betsy Sisson, of Columbia; his sister, Val Ford, and her husband, Don, and their children, Rebekah and Luke Matthew, of Durango, Colo.; his half-sister, Laurel Ann Corona, and her husband, Joe, and their son, Alex, of Bonita, Calif.; his brother Don Sisson Jr. and his wife, Carrie, of Jefferson City, and his brother, John R. Sisson, and his wife, Cheri, and their daughters, Christine, Caroline and Catherine, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, 324 Madison St., Jefferson City. The service will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the same location. Mr. Ross will be buried beside his parents at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Ind.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 324 Madison St., Jefferson City, MO 65109.

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