James
Ross, James "Jim" Graham a 32 year resident of Hawthorne, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 in Los Angeles. Born in Hollywood, CA, and raised in El Segundo, CA. James was 60 when he died. James served in the Army during the Vietnam war and upon his return home married Sharon (Spangelo) Ross and began working at the Chevron Oil Refinery in 1974 as a Diesel Mechanic, where he worked until his death. While he loved his family, Jim also enjoyed his passion for history including World War II, military, Western movies and drinking Pepsi. He is survived by Wife, Sharon Ross of Hawthorne, CA, Daughter, Bobbi (Chris) Ross-Neier of Thousand Oaks, CA and Granddaughter, Ashley James Neier. Preceded in death by Mother, Crystal Ross, Father, James Ross and Son, James Ross. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary Chapel on Saturday August 26, 2006 at 10:30 AM A reception will be held at the home of the Roy Family in Hawthorne at 1:00PM.

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  1. Hi Sharon, Bobbi, Chris and Ashley I guess I’m alitte slow doing this. I’m just finally realizing that I didn’t just have a bad dream and just awoke. If I’m feeling like this, I can’t imagine how you’re feeling. My love and prayers of course are always with you. You’re in my daily prayers and thoughts. Hugs and kisses and know I’m always here for you. Jim was as great guy and will be greatly missed by me and my boys and daughters-in-law. I’m sooo happy that he got to see my boys grown up and got to meet my new daughters-in-laws. One good thought, he’s with his son and watching over all you together. Love Aunt Maria

  2. My dad was a great guy who loved his family, his country, pepsi and really bad war movies… in that order. I’ll miss him but I know he’s hanging with Jamie at the greatest bar ever singing country music.

  3. First off, my thoughts and prayers go out to Sharon, Bobbi and their family. I know this has been a difficult period and hope that you somehow find peace. I didn’t know Jim all too well as a young man, but I can say that he was always inviting when we were in his home. He always wanted to talk about the US military and my Navy experiences. We definitely related in that manner. Jim and Sharon raised a wonderful family and that can never be forgotten. I leave this message with my regards.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sharon and Bobbi. May the memories you hold most dear comfort you in this most difficult time. Jim will always be fondly remembered as a friend who always made you feel welcome and could talk your ear off reminiscing about a war story or a movie he had just seen. I’ll never be able to look at another Pepsi without thinking of him. Jim and Pepsi were synonymous! So, glad that we had such a great visit in April. He will be missed greatly! Love ya, Cinda & Bob

  5. The first time we met Jim and Sharon we were waiting at SFO to greet our kids on their return from a great European vacation. Yes, Jim and Sharon drove north to see their precious Bobbi. It was the first of many memorable family visits. We have been very fortunate to be part of the Ross family. Jim was a wonderful, caring husband, father, and grandfather. We will keep his memory alive for Ashley. “MOP” – her name for Jim – will be sitting right next to Jamie at every family gathering.

  6. When I think of Jim I think of the definition of the word proud. And, he had so many reasons to be proud. He had a wonderful wife and marriage, a beautiful little girl who turned into a wonderful, independent woman and an amazing wife and mother, a great son whose life showed us not to take anything for granted, and a beautiful granddaughter that is filled with the Ross spirit and spunk. By visiting the Ross house throughout my life I learned so much about history through Jim’s talks and by watching movies. He also loved his country and was so proud to be an American. Sharon and Bobbi, it is now your turn to be proud of Jim. He lived his life with respect, integrity and passion for all the things he loved(including Pepsi:). I am proud to say that I had the privilege of knowing JIm.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon, Bobbi, Chris and Ashley. We only knew Jim for a short time but he always made us feel like family. He was a good man and will be greatly missed. As difficult a time as this is, it is comforting knowing that Jim and Jamie are together. We keep them both in our hearts and memories. Love, The Auth Family Dick, Nancy, Jennifer, Tim & Jeanie

  8. It has been a pleasure knowing Great Uncle Jim. I will really miss seeing him. My thoughts are with the family in this time of sorrow. Love always Kyle Meier (Great Nephew) P.S. Great Uncle Jim please say hi to Jamie. I really miss you both.

  9. Dear Sharon, Bobbi, Chris and Ashley, What a nice tribute to Jim. The pictures are very touching. The memories we have of Jim is when he would come to visit us in North Dakota and he would have to wear a coat in July. He was content sitting outside as long as he had a Pepsi in hand. You have had a tough year. Our thoughts and love are with you. (wish we could be there)

  10. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim and Sharon when I became friends with Bobbi and James back in high school. They always welcome me into to their home. Jim was always so easy going and great to talk to. Many times I got stuck talking to Jim about his war stories, movies and anything and everything he would love to talk about. Then Bobbi would come and rescue me and apologize for her dad. I must say it was a great history lesson everytime we spoke. I will definitely remember him with a smile. My heart goes out to this loving family. Sharon, Bobbi, Chris and little Ashley you will all be in my prayers. God bless you all.

  11. I will always remember Jim as a wonderful family man. He loved his wife and kids with such pride. I remember when I would ask a questions about an up coming event he would always say. . . “ask the wife”. But if it was a history or news event, he knew every answer and I loved hearing his stories. The memorial you put together to honor his life was so touching. I can’t wait to see him and Jamie one day again, as we are promised.

  12. I haven’t seen Jim and Sharon for sometime. But the memories are always there. How can you ever forget all the war movies? Jim and Duane would watch them for hours. We all move on but you never forget those who touched your lives. Jim I hope you and Duane are watching those movies now…

  13. The Ross family has always made me feel welcome & well-cared for. Over the years, I’ve really grown to respect & care for your family. It will be odd the first time I walk back into your home & Jim won’t be sitting in his recliner (much as my dad does) w/ a pespi in one hand & the remote control in the other, watching military/war stuff 🙂 He was a good man w/ a wonderful, loving family. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss.

  14. We send our love to you, Sharon, Bobbi, Chris and Ashley, and remember Jim with love and affection. He was a man of good character and much kindness. He knew his own mind, knew what he wanted, loved his family, was proud of all of you, worked hard, and lived a good life. That is the measure of a good man. We are so blessed to have had him be part of this big Icelandic bunch. Love, Cindy & Tom

  15. To the Ross Family, We just want to send out condolences and let the family know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Debbie & Gary Elliott

  16. We can’t tell you enough how sorry we are that we can’t be with you during this difficult time. We understand what you are going through and we hope that the wonderful memories of your father -and your brother will bring you some comfort. Please give our condolences to your mother. We love you very much and are thinking of you. Love, your East coast family, Todd&Steph

  17. Dear Sharon, Bobbi, Chris and Ashley, We will always remember Jim as a man who loved his family, country, pepsi, setvice stories and war movies. He treated everyone he knew with respect, kindness and love, especially those that wore the Service Uniform past or present. Jim will alsways have a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prays go out to the Ross and Neier Family during this difficult time. We’re sorry we can not be there but duty calls.

  18. Dear Sharon, Bobbi, chris & Ashley This has been a bad year for us all, first Sammie, Jamie and now Jim. There are no words that we can say that can express how sad we are. We have lost a great bother-in-law and will miss him terribly. I am so glad that we were able to visit with him and let him know that we love him. There is another hole in our hearts that we will never be able to fill. We love you all and think of you often now and always. Our love to all Edna and Ron

  19. Sharon, Bobbi & Chris – the memorial service was so touching and it honored Jim so perfectly. Your stories made us all cry and laugh and your love for him was felt throughout the room. I know you miss Jim and Jamie so, so much. Please know there are so many of us are thinking of you daily and love you.

  20. Jim and the Ross family was a second home to me growing up. I will always remember Jim’s vivid accounts of Bobbi and I “staring at each other from across the street in diapers.” I love Jim and the Ross family very deeply. Thank you for the great memories that I will never forget. God Bless!

  21. Sharon, Bobbi, Chris and Ashley, Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you! Sharon, thank you for bringing Uncle Jim into my life. I look back with fond memories of when Bobbi, James and I would play football in your living room. The play time was great, but what I remember most was Uncle Jim’s way of drowning us out by turning the TV up louder. Never once did he tell us to be quiet or go outside. He let us be kids! Bobbi, thank you for sharing your dad with me. Sharon and Bobbi, Thank you for the honor and privilege of being one of Uncle Jim’s casket escorts. Thanks for the memories! He is missed and will always be missed! Love, Jeff, Beth, JJ and Jessy

  22. My deepest sympathy to Sharon, Bobbi, Chris and Ash. I remember the first time I ever saw Jim. It was at one of Bob’s party and I was out dancing making a complete fool of myself when I looked up and saw Jim staring at me with a smile on his face. I woundered who he was and what he was thinking. Later I found out who he was and now know what he was thinking “so this is Bob’s sister”. Later that same night I met Sharon for the first time and loved your family ever since. How hard that must have been for you and Bobbi to say goodbye for the second time in less than a year. You took such good care of him and we all know how much you loved him, but the important part is that Jim always new that you loved him and that kind of love will stretch beyond the confines of death. You will always hold him in your heart. It will take you a long time for your hurt to subside, but may you always be conforted by the wonderful memories you have of his beautiful self, I know I will. My love and heart goes with you.

  23. Sweetheart I miss you so much and on this day it is even harder. It’s been a year since our son left us and I don’t have you to lean on. I do know that you & Jamie are watching over Bobbi, Chris, Ashley & I. My love goes up to every minute of every day. Give each other a hug and kiss from me. Love – Your Wife

  24. Sweetheart I miss you so much and on this day it is even harder. It’s been a year since our son left us and I don’t have you to lean on. I do know that you & Jamie are watching over Bobbi, Chris, Ashley & I. My love goes up to every minute of every day. Give each other a hug and kiss from me. Love – Your Wife

  25. Sweetheart I miss you so much and on this day it is even harder. It’s been a year since our son left us and I don’t have you to lean on. I do know that you & Jamie are watching over Bobbi, Chris, Ashley & I. My love goes up to every minute of every day. Give each other a hug and kiss from me. Love – Your Wife

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