Our beloved uncle, Ross Spallina, passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, January 20th. He was 94 years old. It was a joyous day in heaven, as he was reunited with his parents, Vincent and Leona Spallina, brother Dom Spallina and sister-in-law Lou Spallina, sister Vincelle Awbrey and brother-in-law Norman Awbrey, his Aunt Lena and Uncle Rip Maselli, and nephews Terry Awbrey and Fred Spallina.
Ross was born on November 17, 1924, in Lindsay, California, where he grew up and graduated from Lindsay High School in 1943. His great art skills made him a valuable member of the Comet yearbook staff, and he ran track, including running in the West Coast Relays.
Highlights of his working career include managing produce in the family store, Spallina’s Market in Lindsay, working for many years at the family gas station, Junior High Service in Reedley, and working with his nephew, Harlan Awbrey, as the office manager for Golden Valley Fruit for seventeen years.
Ross moved to Reedley in 1952 where he lived for the rest of his life, 67 years. He lived at Sierra View Homes his last years, where his drawings of staff members were most popular. His family would like to thank Sierra View for the wonderful care and treatment he received there.
Our Uncle Ross was one of a kind. Kind and thoughtful and humble with a sweet sense of humor. We doubt that he ever said an unkind word to anyone. He was an incredibly gifted artist, once wrote a song that was published and commercially recorded, and had the caring heart of an artist.
Surviving Ross are his cousins, Roberta and Rip Maselli and wife Barbara, nephews and nieces Candis Spallina, Tracy Spallina and husband Jeff Hoyt, Donna Coppin and husband Doug, Harlan Awbrey, Steve Awbrey and wife Jacque, Dan Awbrey and wife Francene, and special longtime friend, Josie Sweidy. He is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. We all loved him dearly and will miss him.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Reedley Cemetery Pavilion on Saturday, February 2, at 10:00 a.m.