Merrill Delon Ross went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2021. He was 86 years old. Merrill was born Dec. 16, 1934 to Lucion and Juanita Ross in Plainview, Ark., then moving to California as a child. He married his high school sweetheart, Wilma June Ross (Helton) on Sept. 27, 1953.
Merrill was a member and deacon at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lindsay, Calif., for more than 50 years until his retirement when he moved to Visalia, Calif., and became active at Grace Community Church in Visalia. Merrill served the Lord faithfully and was a group leader in Bible Study Fellowship for many years. His hobby was his family and he was happiest attending school functions, dance performances, sports games, birthday parties and anything involving his children, grandchildren and especially the great grandchildren. He was always the first to respond to invitations by replying “Grandmom and Grandad will be there and what can we bring.”
Merrill was preceded in death by his parents and his son Alan Delon Ross. He is survived by his brothers Raymond Ross (Judy) of Pioneer, Calif. and Carroll Ross of Henderson, Nev. He is also survived by his wife of 67 years, Wilma Ross of Visalia and their children, Cheryl Fallert (Rodney), Daniel Ross (Pamela) and daughter-in-law Roxanna Ross (Alan-deceased) all of Visalia; seven grandchildren, Jordan Taylor (Leslie), Alana Griffith (Travis) and Alex McNamara (Cedez) all of Visalia and Matthew McNamara of Meadow Lakes, Calif., Lynsey Turner (Jeremy) of Kingsburg, Calif., Zachary Ross (Tavea) of Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Kaylee Soria (Ty) of Sanger, Calif.; and 16 great grandchildren with one on the way, Tarah Taylor, Jrue Taylor, Tori Taylor, Drake Taylor, Kaydence Griffith, Kinley Griffith, Kyler Griffith, Carson McNamara, Caden McNamara, Tegan Turner, Thalia Turner, Timarie Turner, Ashtyn Ross, Hudson Ross Baby Ross, Addie Soria and Emmett Soria.
Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on May 28, 2021, Lindsay Cemetery, 639 S Foothill Ave, Lindsay, Calif.