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Ross Beard Heskett, 66, of Centerburg died Monday (Nov. 21, 2011).

He was born on Oct. 22, 1945 in Mount Vernon to the late Jay Ackerman and Shirley Joanna (Beard) Heskett. On Sept. 6, 1970, he married the former Sheila Anne Hord and she survives in Centerburg. Through the 41 years, they shared the pleasure of parenthood, joys of life, many laughs, tackled the hardships together, and many happy memories.

Ross was a 1963 Cardington-Lincoln graduate and a machinist for 35 years at Nippert in Delaware. A Vietnam Veteran, he served his country proudly as a member of the U.S. Army. Ross was a lifelong farmer, a member of the Centerburg Amvets Post 59, a 4-H advisor, avid collector of ‘things’ and loved to hunt with his sons.

Additional survivors include his children, Heather Clapham of Cardington, Shawn Heskett (Kendra Hardrick) and Matthew Heskett both of Centerburg and Bridget (Donovan) Whetnall of Marengo; and six grandchildren, Blake and Brooklynn Clapham, Makenna and Brady Jay Heskett and Sage and Bristol Whetnall.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at Gompf Funeral Service in Cardington. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with burial following in Fulton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider making a memorial contributions to the Fisher House, 3200 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220. The Fisher House was “a home away from home” for the family while Ross received his cochlear implant.

To share a memory or condolences with the Heskett family please visit gompffh.com.

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