Ross Leroy Sisk

Keith & Keith Funeral Home

Ross Leroy Sisk, age 69, of Union Gap, was born April 2, 1948 in Yakima, WA to Jack and Lola Sisk. He passed away June 23, 2017, surrounded by loving family at Cottage in the Meadow.

Ross graduated from East Valley High School in 1967, and attended Columbia Basin College.

Growing up, he loved camping, road trips, and fast cars. He developed an unparalleled aptitude for all things mechanical, which he applied in work and play throughout his life.

Ross had three children from his first marriage to Barbara Shafer: Dale Sisk and Jeff Sisk of Yakima and Rhona North of Ladson, S. Carolina.

September 12, 1981 Ross married Louise Johnson of Union Gap and became a dad to three more children: Wendy Bost, Matt Bost, and Brandy Johnson, all of Yakima. Ross and Louise would have celebrated their 36th anniversary this year.

Ross was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend. He enjoyed various outdoor activities including camping, dirt bikes, jeeping, boating, fishing and race cars. He loved to watch NASCAR. His favorite driver was Jimmy Johnson. He liked watching UFC MMA fights with his family. His favorite fighter was Coner McGregor. Ross also enjoyed going to his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events.

Ross never drove race cars, but he had innovative ideas and his mechanical ability on race cars to go faster. He loved helping his son Jeff Sisk and his grandson Garrett Sisk with their racing. He helped his son, Jeff, begin racing at Yakima Speedway at age 16. Grandson Garrett started racing quarter midget at age eight, then up to late model cars at 17. Grandpa Ross was with him every step of the way.

He was so helpful when the kids started getting their own cars or trucks, quick to share his knowledge and expertise when asked.

Ross was well liked by almost everyone. He was the “Go-To Man” for any and all problems. He could fix anything and was happy to help.

He was a hard worker. While still in high school he worked at various jobs, in the orchards, hop yards and his favorite: service stations. Once he graduated, he went to work for Brader Trucking in Zillah, then at Foseen’s Pump and Irrigation for 7 years. He installed pumps all over Yakima County and beyond. He worked at Cascade Casting for 4 years. In 1984 he worked for Independent Trailer and Repair, then at Independent Trailer and Equipment Co. (ITEC) for almost 33 years until he developed health problems. He was happy at his job and liked the people he worked with.

He is survived by his children and grandchildren: Dale Sisk (Belinda) – Kyle; Jeff Sisk (Nema) – Garrett; Wendy Erickson (Don) – Tyler, Ashton, Abby (Henri) – Tara; Matt Bost (Tracey) Logan, Alex, Ellie & Sadie; Rhona North (John) – Ashton; Brandy Levene – Shelbie, Blayne, Bella, Josiah & Nevias; sister Gail Gage (Jim); niece Debbie Masters (Dave) – Jacob, Joshua & Jonathan; nephew Mike Gage (Jenny) – Lauren; sister-in-law Charlene Sisk; niece Sara Kimball (Floyd) – Steve; plus numerous aunts, and uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his brother Steve Sisk; parents, Jack and Lola Sisk; his uncle Tom Sisk and Jan; in-laws Larry and Linnea Luth; and stepdad Gene Glazier.

A special thanks to the staff at Cottage in the Meadow, to I.T.E.C. and the Nash brothers, and to Keith & Keith for their help and expertise.

There is a Memorial Service at Rainier Memorial Center on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

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