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James Lee Ross

Funeral services for Sergeant First Class James Lee Ross (U.S. Army Retired), 57, League City, Texas, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


SFC Ross was called to be with our Lord after a brief battle with lung cancer on November 19, 2018, with his loving wife by his side/surrounded by family and friends.  He was born November 20, 1960 at Fort MacArthur Army Hospital in San Pedro, California to Leslie Wayne Ross and Yoo Ja (Lee) Ross; SFC Ross was a proud member of the West Plains Zizzer Class of 1979 where he was blessed to meet Christine Daniels (Zizzer Class of 1980) who would later become his lifelong wife of over 35 years.


SFC Ross joined the Army in February 1980 and served  at various posts in Kansas, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona, California, Texas, and Hawaii, where he was proud to serve beside some of the best soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines in the entire world.  SFC Ross concluded his military career as a POW/MIA Investigation Team Leader and Vietnam Refugee Debriefer, traveling extensively in Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Combodia.  At the time of his retirement, he was credited with being “the most accomplished and respected POW/MIA investigator in the Department of Defense”. 


Following his military career, the Ross family settled in Houston, Texas, where SFC Ross was employed at LyondellBasell  Industries in Channelview, Texas. Over a twenty-one year period with LyondellBasell, SFC Ross served in various roles as a security guard, worldwide electronic security system administrator, and security supervisor.  He retired from private industry on November 1, 2016, in order to spend more time with his family and friends.


SFC Ross is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Christine (Daniels) Ross, League City, Texas; his son, Matthew James Ross, The Woodlands, Texas; his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie Christine (Ross) Grimes and Shea E. Grimes, League City, Texas; three most excellent grandchildren, Haileigh Shea Grimes (age 11), Matthew Luke Grimes (age 9), and Thomas James Grimes (age 2); his mother, Yoo Ja (Lee) Etter, League City, Texas; his mother, Carol A. (Sigler) Ross, West Plains, Missouri; his mother-in-law, Janet A. (Hartheim) Daniels, Houston, Texas; his sisters and their husbands, Patricia “Trish” (Hall) Wadkins, Pomona, Missouri, Sondra (Hall) Cleveland and Gerry Cleveland, Caulfield, Missouri, Lee Ann (Ross) Wheelberger, Houston, Texas and Shiela (Hall) England and Randall England, Springfield, Missouri; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and special friends, Brett and Diane Mitchell, Dorothy Cornett and Maria Giannopoulos.


SFC Ross is preceded in death by his father, Leslie Wayne Ross, of West Plains, Missouri; his step-father, Neldon Etter, of Sugar Cree, Missouri; his father-in-law, Lee P. Daniels, of Houston, Texas; and his brother-in-law, Robert “Bobby” Wadkins, of Pomona, Missouri.


Burial will be at the Free Union Cemetery, Leota, Missouri.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at