12 February 2007:
Lieutenant Colonel Marvin T. Ross, a retired Air Force pilot and a project manager for almost 20 years at Westinghouse Aerospace division in Baltimore, died of a heart attack February 3, 2007, at a medical center in Florida. He was 86.
Colonel Ross was born in Spring Hill, Kansas. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and became a B-24 bomber pilot assigned to the 15th Air Force in Italy.
He flew more than 50 bombing missions during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals. He remained in the Air Force after the war, serving as a pilot in the Korean conflict, followed by other foreign assignments and duty at the Pentagon.
When he retired from the Air Force in 1968, Colonel Ross became an electronic countermeasures manager, working on Air Force-related projects for Westinghouse in Baltimore.
His first wife, Joanne, died in 1977, and Colonel Ross married Dottie Dumbauld in 1979. The couple moved to Melbourne, Florida, in 1985 and bought two restaurants, which Colonel Ross' son, Rick Ross of Palm Bay, Florida, managed.
Colonel Ross is to be buried in March at Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to his wife and son, Colonel Ross is survived by another son, Mike Ross of Millersville; two granddaughters; and a sister, Thelma Hollinger of Olathe, Kansas.
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