Ross W. Wherry, 66, of Moline, died Friday, June 7, 2019, surrounded by loving family and dachshund. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14 at Beulah Presbyterian Church, 9221 148th Ave., in Orion. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Kirk, Huggins and Esterdahl Funeral Home Ltd., in Orion. Burial will be at Rural Township Cemetery where military honors will be conducted. Memorials may be made to Boy Scout Troop 123 Orion, Genesius Guild Theatre, Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation or the Crowe Animal Sanctuary.
He was born Nov. 30, 1952, in Springfield, the son of Richard and Doris Wherry. While he was born and died in the same-ish ZIP code, he traveled the world helping others. He was the first Eagle Scout of Orion, Troop 123. During his time in the Marines and the State Department (USAID), he was stationed in Africa, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. He saved sea turtles, helped farmers, encouraged education, improved access to medical care and clean water, and worked to repair infrastructure in war torn countries.
Ross mastered several languages, sang in community and church choirs, played French horn, and enjoyed the arts. Ross was an enthusiastic travel guide and history buff. He nurtured gardens, hiked in the National Parks, and remained involved in local theatres and historical preservation. Still, he always found time for a glass of wine, a good cheese, a thick book, a hearty laugh, and sharing stories with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife and daughters, Donna, Kathryn and Antonia; his siblings, Donald, Maryan, and Chon; sisters-in-law, Sharon and Diana. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Michael.