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Ross Lee Sterling

May 9, 1945 — December 15, 2023

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Ross Lee Sterling, a Respiratory Therapist at PIH, has passed away December 15, 2023. He will be remembered as a loving family man and a highly accomplished individual. 

Born on May 9, 1945, at Murphy Memorial Hospital in Whittier, California, Ross grew up surrounded by the love and support of his parents, Earl and Marguerite Sterling. He was the youngest of their three children, with his sister Sharon Miller eldest and Vic Sterling the middle.

From an early age, it was clear that Ross possessed a passion for aviation. After completing two years of college and earning an Associate's degree in commercial flight, he went on to obtain his commercial flight license. This accomplishment allowed him to soar through the skies and pursue his dream of becoming a pilot.

However, life took an unexpected turn for Ross when he decided to serve his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. As Lieutenant Ross Sterling, he bravely embarked on this journey alongside 38 others. Sadly, only three returned home, making his service all the more admirable.

After his honorable discharge from the military, Ross pursued a new career path as a Respiratory Therapist. Over the course of 20 years in this field, he touched countless lives through his dedication and expertise. Patients found solace in his compassionate care and respect for their well-being.

Beyond his professional achievements, Ross had a vibrant personality that radiated warmth and joy. He was known for being smart, funny, and adventurous – always bringing life to any gathering or celebration. It was impossible not to be captivated by his presence.

In addition to aviation and helping others as a therapist, Ross had various interests and hobbies that brought him immense joy. He found solace in flying remote-controlled airplanes or helicopters during his leisure time. Many cherished memories were formed during those moments spent tinkering in the garage while his loved ones watched in awe.

Ross valued his family above all else and always made great efforts to be present for them. Whenever a family member fell ill, he would rush to their side, administering breathing treatments or comforting them with his famous cream of tuna on toast – a remedy that could settle any upset stomach.

Ross's proudest accomplishments were not limited to his professional and military achievements. He was immensely proud of being a Lieutenant in the Army, obtaining his commercial flight license, and serving as a Respiratory Therapist for two decades.

Ross leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and unwavering dedication to his family. He is survived by his loving daughter Alicia Baker, son-in-law Chris Baker, beloved grandchildren Hailey and Trevor Baker, brother Butch (Vic) Sterling, and sister-in-law Jeanne Sterling. His memory will forever be cherished by each of them.

During this time of grief, let us remember the light that Ross brought into the lives of those who knew him. His kindness, generosity, and zest for life will continue to inspire us all. As we bid farewell to Lt. Ross Lee Sterling – the valiant soldier, skilled pilot, compassionate therapist, and devoted family man – may we find solace in knowing that his spirit will live on in our hearts forever.

Rest in peace, Ross Lee Sterling.

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