2019 04-01 Family

Isaak Andreas Ross

May 2, 1995 - November 18, 2020

Isaak Andreas Ross had a heart as big as the State of Texas, which was always his home, and a grin to match as wide as the Texas skies. For the past ten years, through his outreach work with recovering alcoholics and addicts and serving as a sponsor for many dozens, Isaak touched and helped positively shape the lives of hundreds—even if he ultimately was unable to overcome his own addictions. This is characteristic of the dozens of condolences the family has received since Wednesday:

Isaak was such a big part of my early recovery in Dallas and at Windhaven. We carried the message to Turtle Creek every Sunday for a while and literally he made me fall in love with recovery out here. He was on fire and so passionate and I was ALWAYS in awe of him. I could sit with him even while fellowshipping after meetings and just legit be captivated listening to him speak about spirituality and God. I love Isaak and even though we all have our own demons and struggles; he had a light down to his core that was impossible to miss.

It’s so surreal that he’s gone. He’ll be missed so much but I KNOW in my heart that he is with God, watching over you Stephanie, and Wesley and his family and friends. And I truly believe he is still helping the sick and suffering down here, just in a different way.

At the time of his death, Isaak was actively involved in multiple Bible studies and was also studying several books for strengthening his relationship with Christ and also how to become a good father. He loved his sports—Cowboys, Mavericks, and Stars—and also hunting and fishing. But, his passion was helping others overcome their addictions.

As much as he loved God and “carrying the message” to others, the love of his earthly life was Stephanie Renee Crawford—who is equally committed in her alcohol recovery work at Magdalen House for women—her daughter Kaydence, and Stephanie and Isaak’s young son, Wesley. Being with any of them lit up his face and spirit.

Isaak was born in Dallas, Texas, on May 2, 1995, to his mother, Sharon (Macrina) Ross and father, John Ross. He was received into God’s loving arms on November 18, 2020. In addition to his grieving parents, Stephanie, Kaydence and Wesley, he leaves behind his step-mother, Claudia Ross, three older siblings, Anna (Ross) Haines (husband Israel), Robert Ross, and Jonathan Ross (wife Kristine, niece Constance and nephew Aiden), and step-brother, Gary Burton (and nephew Vann), as well as his Aunt Carol (Zanter) Patton in Arizona, Uncle James Ross in Michigan, many cousins, and Stephanie’s many family members, mostly in Missouri.

A “come and go” visitation will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas. Only a limited number of guests will be allowed to enter the funeral home facility at any one time to maintain social distancing and masks are required.  At 6:00 p.m., there will be a short Orthodox Liturgy for the Dead held at the funeral home. It will be available via live streaming at https://celebrationoflife.tv/.

Because of COVID restrictions, masks are required. However the funeral home has a large chapel which can accommodate 200 and the funeral home is allowed up to 50% capacity of 100 at any given point. It also has cleaning crew staff who are continuously sanitizing and wiping down the facility. We know from the many loving comments and condolences we’ve received that many of the people Isaak has touched want to pay their respects. So, this facility should allow them to do so that evening.

A Communion funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at at First United Methodist Church, 315 Church Street, McKinney, Texas https://www.sharingtheheart.org/. Unfortunately, because of COVID restrictions, attendance in the church will be limited to 50 people. So, after immediate family, the remainder of attendees will have to be by invitation only. I hope to be able to extend those invitations tomorrow or Saturday. Again, masks are required.

However, the church will be livestreaming the service for anyone who wants to log on and attend via Facebook, etc. using the following link www.sharingtheheart.org/ceremonies

In this day and age of COVID restrictions, some adaptation is necessary for those participating via the live stream. Anyone live streaming who plans to partake of Communion should have elements for Communion available, i.e., some form of bread, and drink (grape juice, tea, soda, etc.).

Interment will follow the service at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas where all are invited to attend maintaining social distancing or you may remain in your vehicle. You will be able to listen to the service through speakers set up at the gravesite.

In lieu of flowers, a Go-Fund-Me page has graciously been established by friends of Isaak and Stephanie to assist newly-single-mom Stephanie, Kaydence and Wesley https://www.gofundme.com/f/isaaks-legacy-helping-out-steph-amp-son-wesley?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_pd%20share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR2BTRNNCG7Gn3fvAl4sVWczyx-Axe3xv80w7aIhHfN_e0Cw9SRv9rjhr1E.

 

 

Thank you, again, for your prayers and support.

 

The family of Isaak Ross

CELEBRATIONOFLIFE.TV livestream link https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/isaak-andreas-ross

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Go rest high on that mountain, son. I will miss you so terribly much. Love always, "pop" 
John Ross, November 24, 2020 With my deepest condolences on the passing of your son, Isaak. Pam Quinn , November 24, 2020 Isaak, You were a powerful soul and offered so much wisdom and strength to others, including myself. I remember going to Turtle Creek with you and hearing you speak about recovery and God and I wanted what you had. I remember coming to the hospital a couple days after Wesley was born and I held Wesley while you and Stephanie slept because neither of you had slept in days. You loved your son, you loved Stephanie, and many, many people loved you. We will all miss you very much. Thank you for being a part of my journey. Love, Dani Dani Quay, November 23, 2020 Knowing how special and loved Isaak was makes me even more grateful that I was close to him for the time I was. I’m so lucky that I got to share in the blessing that was Isaak Ross. He lived on an altruistic plane, invigorated by the service work he did. He was funny, honest, shameless, and I could always trust him to hold me accountable. He helped me during difficult times, reassuring me that his support was unconditional. His love for Stephanie was adorable and heart-wrenching, the kind of love that made you wish you had the same. He lit up for her. Steph, you were his dream girl. Isaak was a gift to know. Thank you for creating this guest book. Stephanie, November 23, 2020 Isaak was one of my best friends and absolute favorite humans on the planet. We had lived together for several years and experienced so much together, I try so hard to hold onto those memories now. Late nights and early mornings. Laughing so hard it hurts, or crying together when we found out we were going to be fathers. Isaak was a friend that I could unashamedly talk to about anything. It warms me to think about how many lives he impacted, how many people he fiercely loved that had loved him the same, and how he knew the overwhelmingly powerful emotions that comes with fatherhood. You’ll always be with me, love you my guy Ryan Day, November 23, 2020 Isaak was loved by so many people. I remember his eyes shining so bright when he spoke of his love for Stephanie, Kaydence and Wesley. So many hearts are broken over his passing. He will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Isaak. Brian Percox, November 23, 2020 I am heartbroken for Isaak’s family and the recovery community. Isaak is already terribly missed... Chloe Cramer, November 23, 2020 Isaac was my first sponsor and was the first man to sit with me and help me get on the path to finding God. I will always look up to him. The world lost a great man. Andrew Carter, November 23, 2020 MISS YOU MY BROTHER. MAY YOU RIP. Shaleek ishmal, November 23, 2020 I’m grateful I had Isaak as a part of my life, I don’t know if I would be here if it wasn’t for him. God placed him in my life at the exact right time. He made things easy for me, he showed up to my home to sit down with me and began doing soul searching and god finding work we refer to as the 12 steps. Isaak knew what life was about - helping other people, especially the suffering, and that’s exactly how he found me. Adam Ghoshi , November 23, 2020 I’ll never forget the evening that I met Isaak. My wife and I had just moved back to the Metroplex. We were at Firingline. Isaak walked up to me after the meeting in a black jacket, skinny jeans, high top tennis shoes with a backwards hat. Though that was the very first time I had met Isaak, he hugged me as if he had known me for years and said he loved me as if he had known me for a lifetime. That was the first of many long long conversations that he and I had. Late nights, early mornings, walking down the road of recovery off and on with Isaak. Isaak Ross was not just a friend, he was a brother. In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it talks about us sharing in a common peril and also a common solution. The thing that made mine and Isaak’s relationship so unique is how we related so deeply on the peril... or not just our alcoholism, but the loudness of our heads. We also shared in how willing we were to help and love others. I will take it to my grave that Isaak had a way bigger heart than I ever could. No matter where he was at in life and what he was doing - he was always trying to help the alcoholic or drug addict - sober or not. I got to hear it when Isaak found out that he fell in love. I got to cry with Isaak when he found out he was having a baby. I got to hear the peace and serenity in his life the day his son, Wesley, was born. Not too long back, I got to tear up when I heard about his relationship with His Creator - who he had always searched so eagerly to have a relationship with. For us, Isaak didn’t just leave behind these memories of going down a road of recovery and relationship with God... he left behind a love and compassion for family and those suffering from addiction that will always be a legacy for me to live up to. My hope and prayer is that we can all have a little bit more of passion in our hearts as Isaak did as we get to do this great work. I hope I can love my children with the fire that he loved his son and I hope I can love my wife the way the he loved Stephanie. I will always love Isaak and I will miss the hugs we shared together. We’ll see you on the other side, brother. Henri Boyce, November 23, 2020 Isaak you will be missed by many for your work with others. In many ways you were the stone that God cast into his vast ocean, and those ripples you created will be felt for generations to come. You may be gone, but you wil never be forgotten. - Joseph Sapienza Joseph Sapienza , November 23, 2020 You will always be missed, but never forgotten. GO COWBOYS Matthew Sloan, November 23, 2020 My friend, you were one of a kind. A good man, generous, kind, honest, loving, empathetic, giving and unabashedly real. You had a heart for helping others in a huge way. You had a desire to speak your truth and to show others the path to something different. The memories I have of you, the crazy, funny, insane, heartbreaking and everything in between are memories I'll cherish as long as I'm alive. You will be missed, deeply, by so many for a very long time to come. Isaac you move to your next destination propelled by the most honorable quality a soul can have, the heart of a servant. I love you man and wish you weren't gone so soon. Someone once said "people may not remember what you said but they will remember how you made them feel" and my man you made so many people feel like they were loved and valued. May peace ever be upon your spirit as you ride into the Unknown. Godspeed brother. We'll be on this side fighting the good fight for you. Paul Milano, November 22, 2020 Me and Isaak came into the rooms around the same time and basically grew up together. We have shared laughs, deep conversations, even disagreements. We could always relate and he was a true friend. Being able to watch him carry the message, share solution, be a fiancé to my dear friend Stephanie and become a step father to my favorite teen Kaydence and a loving father to my favorite kiddo Wesley! His memory and passion will live on in my heart and mind and see him every time I look at Wesley! My thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends! Brehn Hanson, November 22, 2020 My thoughts and prayers are with Isaak’s family and friends. Isaak had such a strong, bright presence and he really will be so missed by our community. I hope you rest easy and peacefully Isaak- and I know you’ll continue to help the sick and suffering from up there. Corinne Levee, November 22, 2020 I always looked up to Isaac ever since I got sober in 2016. This is a great loss for the recovery community Justin Suib, November 22, 2020 Iam in your loving arms isaak and we will highly miss you. Iam really sad but glad your in no more pain no more sorrow for the good Lord has sent you to a good place and that place is heaven. We love you so much and we're thinking about you all the time. Robert Ross, November 21, 2020 Your loss is shared by many who knew your family. James findlay, November 21, 2020 You were loved by many and you will be missed . Rest easy . Tracy Ann Barron , November 21, 2020 There are no words to describe how difficult and devastating it is to be writing this. We met Isaak about 10 years ago when he arrived to our sober living home. We watched Isaak accomplish soo much: graduating high school, preparing for the Marines, boot camp, obtaining his "dream" jobs, purchasing his first car, finding the love of his life, and finally having a child! Family has always been a huge part of his life. He loved going hunting and to sporting events with John. He loved visiting with Sharon and his siblings! Isaak knew no strangers, he was your friend forever from the moment he met you. He was passionate about his beliefs, experiences, and life! That being said we were also present to witness the many battles Isaak experienced in his life of recovery/addiction. Our hearts break for his family, friends, his love, and his son. It is hard to accept the fact that we will not be getting anymore call/texts out of the blue updating us on how is life is going, or no more "just dropped by to say hi" visits. Isaak was truly one of a kind! We will forever hold Isaak and his dear family in our hearts. Rest peacefully Isaak! Derek and Rebecca Atkins, November 20, 2020 My condolences. To the family. Rest In Peace Bernadette Garcia, November 20, 2020