Ross H. Ortega Sr.

January 14, 1935 ~ June 1, 2013

Ross H. Ortega, Sr. of Ridgefield, WA, passed through the bonds of this life after 78 years of a life well lived. Despite a five-year struggle with a rare neurological disorder, he gave his all and stayed as long as he could! He was a winner to the end. He was the oldest of six siblings born to Novar and Fidelia Ortega in Montoya, NM. They moved to Vancouver, WA in 1943 to work in the ship yard industry when his dad joined the Coast Guard Reserves.
Ross grew up in Bagley Downs and graduated from Vancouver High School in 1953, gaining many friends.
Following a year at Clark College, in 1956 he pursued a career in court reporting, graduating from the Academy of Stenographic Arts in San Francisco, CA in 1960. Ross also earned his National Merit Writer Certificate later in his career. He was the President of the Oregon Reporter's Association for one year. Ross also served eight years in the Navy submarine reserves from 1953 to 1961 earning his Dolphin Badge along the way.
" Nothing compared though to the love for his family
of five kids and eventually seven grandkids!
He never missed the kids sports games."
Ross married Barbara Avery in 1959. Her father had the Avery Richfield Service Station on Columbia St. in Vancouver. The early years of their marriage was spent working in Fresno, CA; Portland, OR; Pendleton and Eugene, OR before settling in Ridgefield, WA on their 11-acre farm in 1969 where his love was growing, planting, and tending his fruit trees and blueberries. Most of all, he enjoyed plowing up things on his old Ford tractor!
Ross is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 54 years; children, Ross Jr., Chris, Miguel, Nick (Patty) and Virginia (Damon) Richards; sister, Genie (Bob) Marxer; brother, Vincent (Edwina); seven grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Virgie Wieber and Vicky Hill; brothers, Novar Jr. and Val Ortega.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary's of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ridgefield, WA at 11:00 a.m., preceded by the scriptural Rosary and eulogy at 10:30 a.m., Sat., June 15, 2013, with a luncheon at 12:00 p.m. The burial blessing will be at 2:00 p.m. at Northwood Park Cemetery.
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Published in The Columbian on June 9, 2013