Richard Gary Rossey

Richard Gary Rossey

May 27, 1944 - November 8, 2011

Richard Gary Rossey

May 27, 1944 - November 8, 2011


Mr. Richard Gary Rossey, 67, a resident of Murfreesboro, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his family. Mr. Rossey was born May 27, 1944 in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania to Richard Ellsworth Rossey and Frances Mildred Pence Rossey. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Navy. In 1966, he married the love of his life, Kathleen Gleason Rossey, in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. They were able to share 45 years of their lives together, along with their children and grandchildren. Mr. Rossey later retired from his position as a deputy warden in Louisiana, so that he and his wife could move closer to their children. Kathleen spoke in his memory sharing that, “We were so grateful that going to dinner with our children didn’t involve luggage.” The family will celebrate the life of Mr. Rossey Friday, November 11, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. at the Leanna Church of Christ in Murfreesboro with Kevin Dye officiating. They wish to share memories of their loved one, during the visitation Friday evening from 4:00-7:00 P.M. before the service. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind two children to share his legacy, Richard James Rossey and Candy Smathers of Murfreesboro, and Lisa Marie Rossey and Tammy Ratliff of Johnson City, TN; his grandchildren: Sara Caitlyn Sunday and Zachary Gary Rossey; a niece: Carol Nelson; cousins: Lynn Rossey, Bonnie Switoyus, and Patricia Emerick. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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9 responses to Richard Gary Rossey

  1. Tammy Foster says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Richard. He was such a joy to care for. It was my pleasure to have known him. Please know he is watching over you. From my youngest son to Richard…GO STEELERS!!!!!

  2. You were a great neighbor, you became a great second father for me, you eased my pain last year while my husband was in Afghanistan, you helped me with my nursing school projects, I thanked you as much as I could ever think too for everything, and I was glad to be part of your story.

  3. Lisa, you and your family have all of our love, thoughts, and prayers!! Love, Tiffany and Rusty

  4. May his soul rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time

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