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Ross Wayne Beetow

Ross Wayne Beetow, 73, of Amherst, Va., passed away May 3, 2018 at his home due to complications from an aneurysm.


Ross was born in Buffalo on Dec. 2, 1944 to the late Cyrus F. and DeLeo G. (nee Roberts) Beetow. He graduated from Springville-Griffith Institute in 1962.

Following his high school graduation, Ross joined the United States Navy and served honorably aboard the destroyer USS Henderson as a radioman during the Vietnam War. He retired from National Fuel Gas in Buffalo on Feb. 1, 2001 after 34 years of service.

Ross was a man who was always on the go and involved in many clubs and organizations. He was a Freemason and member of the Ismailia Temple Shrine in Buffalo and master of the Livingstone Lodge in Colden. After moving to Virginia, he joined the Clinton Lodge in Amherst and became master of that lodge as well.

Ross was an avid dog lover and a member of many kennel clubs. He enjoyed showing West Highland and Norwich Terriers to the championships under the prefix Whitehart Kennel with his wife Ruth and daughter Pamela. He was politically active and a member of the Amherst County Republican Committee and Lynchburg Tea Party.

Ross volunteered at Red Cross blood drives with his Masonic brothers from the Clinton Lodge. He was a man of many projects and could always be found with a tape measure or various tools in his pocket. He was always there to lend a helping hand.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, Ross is survived by his daughters Christine Beetow of Vernon, Wis. and Pamela (Daniel) Miller of Hillsborough, N.C.; step-grandson River; brother Nelson (Elaine) Beetow of Greece; sister Barbara (Mark) Cunningham of Middleport and numerous other family members and friends.

A celebration of life service will be at Whitten Monelison Chapel, 3966 S. Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, Va. on June 16 at 10 a.m. Celebrant Polly Starnes will officiate. Masonic rites and military honors will be presented.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Wounded Warriors Projects.

Online condolences may be made at


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