Ross Dey, 45, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at University Hospital and Clinics in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Sedalia, with Rev. Dr. Drew Hill officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Sedalia. Memorials may be made to the Coach Ross Dey Scholarship Fund in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guest book is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born July 8, 1964, in Sedalia, he was the son of William R. "Bill" Dey and Alma Eckhoff Dey, who survive of Sedalia. On May 24, 1991, he married Amy Schroeder, who survives of the home. He lived in Sedalia most of his life where he was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church, later becoming a member of First Baptist Church. He was a 1982 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, a graduate of State Fair Community College, a graduate of Central Missouri State University and later earned a master's degree from William Woods University. He began his teaching career in the Malta Bend School District during the 1987-1988 school year, and since the 1988 school year, he had been a teacher and coach for the Sedalia School District.
He had a passion for softball and that was well-evidenced in his achievements and awards. He played on numerous local fast pitch softball teams and was a proud member of United States Olympic Fast Pitch Softball Team, where he earned a gold medal. He was inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and was a member of Missouri State High School Athletic Association, as well as serving as a coach for American Legion Baseball Team. If you wanted to find him when he wasn't home, the place to find him would be his second home, Liberty Park Baseball Stadium.
In addition to his wife, Amy Schroeder Dey, and parents, Bill and Alma Dey, he is survived by two sons, Jordan Ross Dey and Logan Brett Dey, both of the home; one brother, Warren P. Dey and his wife, Lisa, of Jefferson City; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Judy Schroeder of Marshall; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Darren and Sara Pannier and Kevin and Paige Yost; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends, former students and teammates.
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