Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 11, 2013

Ross H. Wamsley

TRAVERSE CITY — Ross H. Wamsley, 65, of Traverse City, died unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. He was born Nov. 6, 1947, in Highland Park, to Lester A. and Evelyn (Halvary) Wamsley.

Ross was honorably discharged from the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and was a lifetime member of the Cherryland VFW Post #2780.

Ross loved to spend time with his close friends at their cabin on Drummond Island. It was there that he met and married his wife of 34 years. He was an avid sportsman, and some of his most memorable times were spent on the island.

After leaving the Navy, Ross worked for the City of Traverse City, which he retired from in 2001 as captain of the Traverse City Fire Department. At the time of his death Ross was working as a security guard for Munson Medical Center.

Ross was a strong yet gentle, quiet man with a great sense of humor. People who knew Ross remember him as a golfer, fisherman, hunter, cook and music trivia expert who was always quick with his witty remarks. Most of all, Ross was a loyal and devoted husband, father, friend and hard-working employee. He was not one who spoke easily of his emotions, but if Ross liked you, it was without judgment and it was for life.

Ross is survived by his wife, Jewel (Tellefsen) Wamsley; twin daughters, Andrea Wamsley-Olson, of Honor, and Nicole Wamsley, of Interlochen; son, Jacob Wamsley, of Traverse City; siblings, Robert Wamsley, of Traverse City, and Marsha (Ken) Grange, of Tucson, Ariz.; as well as several special nieces and nephews.

Ross’ family thanks you for your love, support and thoughts during this difficult time.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Ross’ life will take place Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Almira Township Hall in Lake Ann, from 1 to 5 p.m., where the family hopes to share memories and uplifting stories of the man so many knew and loved.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ross Wamsley Memorial Fund, which can be made at any Members Credit Union branch or online via PayPal to

Please visit Ross’ memorial webpage at to sign the guestbook and share memories and testimonials with his family.

Life Story Funeral Home of Traverse City is handling the arrangements.

Text Only

Death Notices

Deaths in the Region
Archived Obituaries